Symphony number 1 for concert band
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Symphony Number 1 for Concert Band is a musical composition for symphonic band. The work calls for an ensemble of large forces in order to explore a variety of musical textures and techniques within traditional formal design. Formally the work is in three independent movements. Each movement is built upon a relatively traditional form or key scheme. The first movement is the most complex, a modified rounded binary form with dominant -- tonic relationships. The second is a passacaglia, and the third is a highly rhythmic sonata rondo. A variety of instrumental textures are explored throughout the work. Climactic sections call for large tuttis and ensemble unisons. Sections for small groups balance these larger statements. Soloists drawn from the ensemble are frequently called for, with the third movement featuring an extended duet for soprano and alto saxophone. Traditional tonal harmonic structures are melded with harmonies driven by polytonal chromaticism in a melodic context. Polytonal chromaticism is a formative element of the work, appearing throughout each movement and used to provide structure and dramatic tension at all levels within the composition.