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Beginning Band | Duration: 2:14
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BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE was composed to assist the clarinetist in "getting over the break" while also understanding the relationship between fingerings on either side of this "break". The first step encompasses a simple fingering pattern which involves the left or alternate side-to-side fingering for the new note F#. The musical fragment takes the clarinets into the chalameau register reinforcing the ability to hold a stable hand position in preparation for the left thumb hitting the register key. At m8, the clarinets have the melodic fragment. At m20, the clarinets have the same melodic pattern, but this time with the thumb key. This accomplishes a number of things: strength in the chalameau register, and paired, associated learning of related notes at the 12th, above and below the break. Also, because the part is soloistic, clarinetists will be inspired to play with a full and warm sound. Other sections are introduced to new notes which operate as leading tones and whole step neighboring tones.

BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE is also a part of the Suite, A Wish to the World, a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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