Samuel Livingston

Celebrating the Fourth

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The title of this piece is a musical pun.  It refers to a Fourth-of-July celebration, with fireworks, games, and patriotic music.  But it also refers to the musical interval of a fourth.  All of the themes in the piece are built, in some way, around the interval of a fourth.  The composition of the piece actually began as a musical idea – piling up fourths and resolving to a major chord.  That idea led to the title of the piece and the decision to make the interval of a fourth a prominent feature of all the themes.

To convey the idea of fireworks, I used rising sixteenth-note runs in the high woodwinds, followed by a cymbal crash.  That pattern appears at the opening, at the ending, and at one other point in the piece. To convey the idea of games, I used a playful theme stated by a solo trumpet and piccolo and repeated in the woodwinds; the second half of the theme is a counterpoint within sections.  The patriotic music is suggested by two different kinds of themes – two anthem-like themes (think of America the Beautiful or God Bless America) and a vigorous march, which is introduced in the middle of the piece and repeated near the end.  The piece opens and ends with the idea that led to its creation – piling up fourths and resolving to a major chord – accompanied by the sixteenth-note runs in the high woodwinds and the cymbal crash.

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The title of this piece is a musical pun.  It refers to a Fourth-of-July celebration, with fireworks, games, and patriotic music.  But it also refers to the musical interval of a fourth.  All of the themes in the piece are built, in some way, around the interval of a fourth.  The composition of the piece actually began as a musical idea – piling up fourths and resolving to a major chord.  That idea led to the title of the piece and the decision to make the interval of a fourth a prominent feature of all the themes.

To convey the idea of fireworks, I used rising sixteenth-note runs in the high woodwinds, followed by a cymbal crash.  That pattern appears at the opening, at the ending, and at one other point in the piece. To convey the idea of games, I used a playful theme stated by a solo trumpet and piccolo and repeated in the woodwinds; the second half of the theme is a counterpoint within sections.  The patriotic music is suggested by two different kinds of themes – two anthem-like themes (think of America the Beautiful or God Bless America) and a vigorous march, which is introduced in the middle of the piece and repeated near the end.  The piece opens and ends with the idea that led to its creation – piling up fourths and resolving to a major chord – accompanied by the sixteenth-note runs in the high woodwinds and the cymbal crash.

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Composer: Samuel Livingston Instrumentation: Band Level: 4 Format: Hard Copy
Weight: 0.00 LBS
GTIN: CBS167
SKU: CBS167

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