“Carillon” is a well-known piece from the L'Arlesienne Suite for Grade 1 String Orchestra with band is suitable for concert or festival. As few notes are utilized with the base goal of 6 notes for each part.
This original piece is based on the memories of the composer’s visit to the Cascade mountain range as a young Sailor on liberty from his ship moored in Tacoma, Washington. The piece is written in three movements: 1. The Skagit’s, 2. Lake Helen, and 3. Bridge of the Gods. There are many elements in this piece that will challenge the Brass band. There are syncopated sections, multiple meter changes and exposed section soli. There is some atonality in the third movement.
"Croix Mereveilluse" (Wonderous Cross) is an interesteing setting of an original melody as a variation of the hymn "When I Survey the Wonderous Cross" which is introduced in the middle of the piece as a secondary theme.
“El Grillo is one of the many Motets produced by this prolific composer of the 16th century. During the 16th century, Josquin gradually acquired the reputation as the greatest composer of the age, his mastery of technique and expression universally imitated and admired. The staccato sections portray “the Cricket.”
"Elite Syncopations" is a 1902 ragtime composition by Scott Joplin, originally published by John Stark & Son. One of his more popular works, it is one of a handful of Joplin rags for which he recorded a piano roll. In 1974, the Royal Ballet, under director Kenneth MacMillan, created the ballet Elite Syncopations based on tunes by Joplin and other composers of the era.
An adaptation of the introduction of the 5th piano concerto of Beethoven, this piece has interesting elements such as a familiar "Das Rheingold" beginning. The piece will prepare in relatively short time. An interesting note that it is believed that this was the last piece composed by Beethoven be for he lost his hearing.
This Fantasia is based on two Nativity pieces where a young boy as a spectator is featured: the traditional “Little Drummer Boy” (from Czech folk song) and “Amahl’s Song” from “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”