A Lighter Shade of Blue
for Concert Band

Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:04:08
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 4 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Saxophone
  • 2 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 2 x Baritone/Euphonium
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Vibraphone
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Band
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Programme Note:
A Lighter Shade of Blue (2014)
This piece uses a 12 bar blues progression as the organizational framework. Each section gets a turn playing lead lines and backgrounds. There is an optional solo section at letter J which can be left out entirely. In this section, the bass line is notated in the usual instruments and each of the other sections has backgrounds notated. The chord changes are notated in 1st Flute, Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxes, Trumpet and Trombone, so you can use various combinations of bass lines, backgrounds and solos.There is a key change at letter G and then it reverts back to the original key the bar before J. There is another key change (up a tone) for the last iteration of the blues progression.The 3rd clarinet part is entirely below the break.This piece can be used in an educational setting to study the 12 bar blues format. The progression that I have chosen is a little beyond the basic 12 bar blues format, but is a common one nonetheless. The conductor may choose to limit the bass line and backgrounds to only a few people to have a ‘combo’ perform one of the sections. Classes/bands could be broken up into smaller combos to rehearse the piece or use it as a vehicle for improvising in class. All you need is one person to play the bass line, a few for backgrounds and then a soloist(s). Feel free to add a guitar solo.Even though the section at J is designated as ‘the solo section’, other parts of the piece can be used as solo sections as well. All you need is a bass line and a few instruments playing background. Section J is in Bb, but some instruments may prefer an earlier section in Eb for soloing. I know that there are a lot of accidentals. My hope is that the blues context will encourage students to learn those notes.Have fun!Questions, comments, suggestions: john.wn.palmer@gmail.com

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1800 P1745li
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 14, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (23 p.) ;
    23 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 64
    31 parts ([64] p.) ;
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
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