COSMIC FANTASIES

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

1983

Instrumentation : 

high-school band

Duration (min): 

8

Movements-Titles: 

I. The Fanfare of Chaotic Good
II. Darkness Falls on Saturn
III. Dance of the Alien Creatures
IV. The Cosmos of Chaotic Evil

-Intended for younger band ensemble, written for the eighth grade band of the composer's son. The instrumentation is not standard for concert band (for example, there are only two clarinet parts rather than the usual three); it was tailored to fit the instrumentation of the band that commissioned it.  During the time period it was first performed, many of the students were absorbed in a fantastic and complex game which was generically known as “Dungeons and Dragons”. It was also during the period of Star Wars film culture dramatizing the struggle between “good” and “evil” on a galactic scale. Within this environment, the programmatic nature of this piece found its inspiration.

Piccolo
1st Flute
2nd Flute
Oboe
1st Clarinet in B-flat
2nd Clarinet in B-flat
Bass Clarinet in B-flat
1st Alto Saxophone in E-flat
2nd Alto Saxophone in E-flat
Tenor Saxophone in B-flat
Baritone Saxophone in E-flat
1st Trumpet in B-flat
2nd Trumpet in B-flat
3rd Trumpet in B-flat
(4th Trumpet in B-flat in Fanfare only)
1st Horn in F
2nd Horn in F
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
3rd Trombone
Treble Clef Baritone
Bass Clef Baritone
Tuba (Bass)
Timpani (also plays Pair of Cymbals)
Percussion:
I. Snare Drum, Glock., Xylophone, Vibraphone
II. Tom-Tom, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Pair of Cymbals, Snare Drum, Temple Blocks
III. Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Pair of Cymbals. Tam-Tam, Triangle, Glock., Gong,

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