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Chapter I: Without Warning

WITHOUT WARNING from HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT - Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

WITHOUT WARNING from HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT

Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

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Movement 2 of this work is on the STORMJOURNEYS CD. It's first movement, Without Warning opens the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

Fasten your seatbelts! WITHOUT WARNING is fast, features everyone, and delivers maximum impact! Requires either Synth or Acoustic Jazz Bass. WITHOUT WARNING is the First Movement of a larger work entitled, HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT which has the potential of becoming a 12 minute, 3-movement work if utilizing the optional closing statement of GODSPEED!

HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT is a large scale, filmic and musical portrayal of the United States Navy's Action and Adventure on the High Seas. The piece requires strong brass and percussion players and woodwind players with advanced technique.

This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD. and the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

 

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STORMWORKS - Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

STORMWORKS

Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

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Composed to assist the Music Educator in teaching concepts like quickly changing meters, music in 2's, music in 3's... and the calm of introspection, this 3-movement work, and the body of work to follow, is a powerful addition to your diverse and musical Library.

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O COME HOLY NIGHT! - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 5:33

O COME HOLY NIGHT!

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 5:33

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The work opens with a mysterious, middle-eastern, spine-chilling swell. Suddenly, Hark the Herald Angels heralds over driving rhythms, giving way to Silent Night, with many options from solo singer to chorus to horn solo to horn tutti. A dramatic restatement, again with optional chorus, leaves the audience tuned and ready!

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GIVING - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

GIVING

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

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Taking the three notes chosen by Dr. Joe Scagnoli, the subject of Giving's Commission, the work sets out to describe a great phenomenon of Music... that of Giving. For me, this piece is what it feels like... to Give. The piece is richly scored for the double reeds and low reeds, with plenty of opportunity for all forces in the ensemble to explore exciting new drama and colour.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHT! - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:33

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT!

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:33

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As a Conductor programming the Winter Concert, or any concert in which you wish to explore the vocabulary of the Middle East, you will want to know about FESTIVAL of LIGHT! Indeed a Storm Story, the work is a musical retelling of Chanukah, complete with Syrian invasion, Macabeen defense, the Shofar's call to battle and the final victory of the Eternal Light that burned for eight days. The piece is characteristically scored for the oboe, English horn and woodwinds, with plenty of opportunity for all forces in the ensemble to explore exciting new colours, rhythmic ideas and 'exotic' harmonies.

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ERICH! - Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

ERICH!

Grade: 5 | Duration: 11:00

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Potent, Straussian, Korngoldian orchestration,.. constantly changing colours and rhythmic drive take us through this swashbuckling tribute to Composer, ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD!

The highly energized music is derived from the first 5 notes of the major scale. In addition to its programmatic power, ERICH is a wonderful teaching tool. The 2nd Movement, THE GIFT OF LOVE, is a romantic ballad, warm and giving.

There is also a Brass Quartet Version, and a Low Brass Choir Version.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, born in Brynn, Austria (now Brno, Czechoslovakia), on May 29, 1897, has been called the last of the great Romantic composers. The son of eminent Austrian music critic Julius Korngold, he was a child prodigy who stunned the Viennese music world with his precocity as a composer.

At the age of ten, he played his "Gold" cantata for Gustav Mahler, who proclaimed him a genius and sent him to one of Austria's foremost teachers for advanced training. In 1910 the premiere of his ballet "Der Schneemann" -- which he had composed two years earlier -- created a sensation at the Vienna Court Opera.

The teenaged Korngold followed this with a Piano Trio and a Piano Sonata in E that Artur Schnabel championed. Other admirers included Puccini, who praised Korngold's 1916 opera VIOLANTA, and Richard Strauss, who described his reactions to Korngold's adolescent compositions as follows: "awe and fear: this firmness of style, this sovereignty of form, this individual expression, this harmonic structure -- it is really amazing."

Korngold composed the work for which he is now best known, the opera DIE TOTE STADT, when he was 20; its dual premiere in Hamburg and Cologne in 1920 secured his reputation throughout Europe. In 1928 a poll conducted by a Vienna newspaper ranked Korngold with Schoenberg as the two greatest living composers. Korngold's friend and collaborator, stage and film director Max Reinhardt, brought him to Hollywood in 1934.

He was ready to return home for the Vienna premiere of his fifth opera, DIE KATHRIN, when Hitler's troops marched into Austria and were greeted by cheering crowds. He remained in the United States, bringing members of his family out of Austria ahead of the wave of Nazi terror. For the next two decades Korngold composed music for films and the concert hall, including a Violin Concerto, introduced by Jascha Heifetz, and a Symphonic Serenade for strings, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwingler. Two of his film scores, for ANTHONY ADVERSE (1936) and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938), won Academy Awards. He passed on in Hollywood on November 29, 1957.

STORMNote: it was in the film ANTHONY ADVERSE, that Stephen Melillo first heard, as a young boy, the STORMChord! "Erich Korngold, far and beyond his history or critical acclaim is a man who I have come to Love and admire... because of his Music! In his outpouring I can hear the valiant stance against the un-Romantic. I hear him take on the mantle of honesty and sincerity and giving. He offered to us, the 'Gift of Love'. This piece, ERICH!... is a small and humble gift back to him. I hope that you and the kids will truly enjoy this "pointer" back to Erich Korngold, the man... and his much needed Music. Godspeed!"

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THE FOUNTAINHEAD - Grade: 2-5 | Duration: 25:45

THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Grade: 2-5 | Duration: 25:45

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God Architectured the World and then in the greatest Storm, Architectured Man, granting Him the miraculous ability to Architecture Himself and His surroundings.

Composed on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, THE FOUNTAINHEAD was humbly rededicated on 11 September 2001. Concrete and steel and great effort may fall, but Integrity, Faith and the Indomitable Aspiration to reach again and again for the best above us and in all of us forever stands as a MONUMENT TO THE SPIRIT OF MAN.

THE FOUNTAINHEAD is designed to work across a MUSIC PROGRAM. Let's say that in your program or district, you have a 9th-grade band (or a middle school band), a concert band, and a wind ensemble or symphonic band made up of your finest players. Here's the 26-minute design:

- Integrity's First Stand 9th Grade Band
- Form & Function Concert Group
- Where Beauty Has No Chance Wind Symphony
- From Quarry to Quest Wind Symphony
- Dynamiting Cortlandt Percussion Ensemble
- Monument to the Spirit of Man All Musical Groups

The "younger" pieces are more rhythmically energized and seem to be more difficult. Great weight has been given to the learning experience.

The Upper Group(s) is left with the demanding task of taking those long, full, languid moments and filling them with the Beauty of the sensitive Musician.

Other Options for THE FOUNTAINHEAD:

- Each movement may be rendered as a separate work.
- A 3-movement work may be taken from the whole.
- One ensemble may play the entire work.
- All 3 groups, or 2, or 4... whatever, can be on stage for the entire piece.
- You can add the groups in at dramatic moments to intensify the climaxes and so on.
- Or, each group can await its time to play, joining gloriously in the finale!

The piece may be divided in this way. The first movement is rendered at the Middle School's Spring Concert. An invitation is made at that concert to attend the high school's spring concert in which parents and students can hear the rest of the work. There are many ways to utilize THE FOUNTAINHEAD to generate interest across the grade levels, and literally, create a BRIDGE between groups, unify the town's Music department, and more.

It is the beginning a process called STORMQuest, but more on that later.

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AMERICA THE BRAVE! - Grade: 4 w/Optional Chorus | Duration: 5:45

AMERICA THE BRAVE!

Grade: 4 w/Optional Chorus | Duration: 5:45

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With optional Chorus, the piece begins with a haunting retelling of Glory, Glory Hallelujah. It moves quickly to a dramatic impact, then moves into America the Beautiful. The piece builds and ends dramatically. So many arrangements of these pieces have been done. I wanted to do one that would offer another take on America... the Brave!

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