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Chapter 0: A Walk on the Water

IN A CAUSE CALLED

IN A CAUSE CALLED "GLORIOUS"

Grade 6 | Duration: 5:20

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In a Cause Called "Glorious" was composed in commemoration of the Bicentennial of West Point.

The United States Military Academy Band, the U.S. Army's oldest active band and the oldest unit at West Point traces its roots to the Revolutionary War... a Time when a once ragtag "band" of gallant patriots joined defiant and brave In a Cause Called "Glorious".

With exuberant exhilaration they set forth on the great American Adventure! From that moment on, many souls have trained to defend that first and noble principle. This work is humbly dedicated to the men and women, past and future, alive and sacrificed who gave and continue to give of themselves in the defense of Freedom. They are the modern-day Knights, a long gray line of Heroes serving in a perpetual cause called... "Glorious".

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IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF - Grade 5 | Duration: 5:55

IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF

Grade 5 | Duration: 5:55

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(This work was indirectly nominated for Pulitzer!)

IN A SERVICE BEYOND SELF was commissioned by The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Captain Douglas Monroe, Commander & Conductor, In Tribute to the Efforts and Vision of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell.

General William Billy Mitchell (1879-1936) was the renowned pioneer of US air power and generally regarded as one of the most farsighted military leaders of his age. As Prometheus was burned at the stake for bringing the world fire, so was Billy court-martialed for his prophecy that Japan might cripple the US Navy at Pearl Harbor using air power. His was a voice in the wilderness, a man ahead of his Time. He was a forward thinking risk-taker whose reputation was not restored until after his passing.

In a Service Beyond Self is humbly dedicated to the Efforts and Vision of General Billy Mitchell and to all those who, like him, serve ideals which are beyond themselves.

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HIM - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 3:33

HIM

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 3:33

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Written as a "warm-up" for Band, this Musical Haiku #19 blends all colours in the ensemble. It is similar in concept to the Three Musical Haikus for Band or perhaps the Function Chorales, but in a more expansive and emotional way. Where words fail, a perusal of the score will reveal the true nature of the piece. Enjoy!


 

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KOLDOON - Grade 4 | Duration: 5:33

KOLDOON

Grade 4 | Duration: 5:33

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Inspired by an email from a Russian Conductor, Koldoon, the Russian word for "Wizard" takes easily recognizable mathematics and creates an interplay based on the Fibonacci related points of 3 and 5 as well as the "W"... and tells a timely tale of modern day sorcery. New-to-our-idiom colours bring the piece through contrasting moods and into an exciting conclusion. Please visit the score. Godspeed!

 

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FINEST HOUR - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 6:11

FINEST HOUR

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 6:11

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A new member of the Churchill Center, I received a mailing just yesterday... (22 February). The letter indicated that the United States Navy was soon to commission the first non-U.S. citizen guided missile destroyer DDG 81 in the name of Sir Winston S. Churchill! His photograph by Yousuf Karsh hangs over my desk. A single glance had me instantly calling Commander Keller to find out if the Atlantic Fleet Band was playing for the celebration. Indeed they would be... and joined by the forces of the British Royal Marine Band.

So, with precious little Time, this piece, joined thematically to the A WISH to the WORLD suite was fittingly crafted.

"Never, Never, Never... Never give in." So strong was his courage and faith in a new day, that Winston Churchill requested first TAPS... and then REVEILLE at his memorial service in January of 1965. His favorite hymn, Who Would True Valour See opened the tribute.

William Shakespeare in Henry V, summed just part of the essence of Winston S. Churchill in his St. Crispen's Day Speech. For this reason, Winston's Theme is connected to the American Knights. Indeed his mother was an American, and Winston embodied the very alliance that helped to defeat the forces of Tyranny. When you think of truly great Leaders, it is not possible to forget the tremendous gifts of this most influential master statesman.

This piece, connected to Once More Unto the Breach, a theme which embodies Winston S. Churchill, is dedicated to those of us who look to the forever stalwart, past and present. In them, we find the courage to face the insurmountable again and again and again...

 

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ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH! - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 12:00

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH!

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 12:00

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The last words of Ludwig van Beethoven were, "I SHALL HEAR IN HEAVEN". This piece is ever so humbly dedicated to him.

What? With so much of his own Music and so much History and so many books and concerts forever played in his behalf, how can this humble piece be offered?

William Shakespeare in Henry V, summed it in the St. Crispen's Day Speech. This piece is dedicated to those of us who look to the forever stalwart, past and present. In them, we find the courage to face the insurmountable again and again, as we, like them, go Once More... Unto the Breach!

Pushing the sonic scape of Band of the 3rd Millennium still further, this work is a tribute to Beethoven. The second movement features a Soprano Saxophone, with the first and third movements employing an optional obligato Soprano Saxophone solo. There is also a field version of this Music with a different overall message. Though the thematic material is the same, a new piece is achieved in of Demons & the Knight!

 

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THE UNIVERSE BELOW - Grade 5 | Duration: 7:33

THE UNIVERSE BELOW

Grade 5 | Duration: 7:33

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A unique work utilizing a pre-recorded Composition in a logistically innovative and simple way which allows the "band" to sound like a "Universe Below!"

THE UNIVERSE BELOW was commissioned by Bay Shore Schools Arts Education Fund for Bay Shore High School.

Inspired by the William J. Broad Book, this work takes the STORMSystem to new heights. The score is sent to you with a CD. The "sounds" of the Sea, from whale-song to a prerecorded amassing of 17 harps merge with the ensemble in this somewhat unexpected Adventure into the Submerged...

The work may also serve as an optional "Part 2" to A Walk on the Water.

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A WALK ON THE WATER - Grade 6 | Duration: 9:48

A WALK ON THE WATER

Grade 6 | Duration: 9:48

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An off-stage alto vocalist calls to us. We respond. The new-to-our-idiom colours join with the alto "muse" and beckon us in new ways. Through struggle and adventure, we finally arrive at the moment of "connection". And when we do, we can "walk on the water".

Godspeed!

 

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