For Concert Band
Duration Approximately 3:10
MSBOA (Michigan) Basic Music List - Junior HS Class A, HS Class C
FULL SCORE / 2 1 1 3 (+Bass) Alto, Tenor, Bari / 2 1 2 1 1 / Timp Perc (6)
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.