For Concert Band
Duration Approximately 3:10
MSBOA (Michigan) Basic Music List -
Jr. High School Class A
High School Class C
FULL SCORE / 2 1 1 3 (+Bass) Alto, Tenor, Bari / 2 1 2 1 1 / Timp Perc (6)
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In physics, gradients can describe an increase or decrease in the magnitude of a property (e.g., temperature, pressure, or concentration) observed in passing from one point or moment to another. In mathematics, the gradient is a synonym for slope. It points in the direction of the greatest rate of increase of a function, and its magnitude is the slope of the graph in that direction.
GRADIENTS for Concert Band is a synthesis of these ideas, designed for developing musicians. The gradient concept is expressed through dynamics, cluster chords (including a simple 4 mallet marimba part) and extensive use of the melodic minor scale.
Commissioned by a Consortium of music educators dedicated to the promotion of new music:
Matt Baker, Cooper Middle School Bands
Benjamin Baldwin, Holly High School Bands
Kevin Culling, Chippewa Middle School
Jake Greenwood, Leslie Middle School Bands
Spencer Nesvick, Houston Middle School Bands
Joshua Roltsch, Fowlerville Junior High School Bands
Sean Spicer, Lake Fenton Middle School Bands
Jeff Stimson, Parker Middle School Bands
Heather Wiggins, McBain Rural Agricultural School Bands
New Music Review featured in THE INSTRUMENTALIST MAGAZINE:
"This creative and innovative new selection is best suited to middle school and high school ensembles, and plays at the more difficult end of grade 2.5. The composer suggests that an industrious band director working with science and math departments cold develop this composition as a successful interdisciplinary tool."