Arranged for Concert Band by AARON NOË
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ALAMO MARCHHENRY FILLMORE arranged for Concert Band by AARON NOË
Alamo was originally published in 1916 by the Fillmore Music House under the pseudonym of Will Huff on the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo (1836). This march begins in a traditional format with a short introduction followed by two sections of contrasting dynamic flare. In the first presentation of the Trio, this arrangement has been scored to present a Euphonium soloist accompanied by the elongated melody in the woodwinds. The practice of featuring a soloist would have been a common practice by professional bands in the concert halls of the early 20th Century. After an articulate call and response in the dog fight strain, Fillmore varied from the standard practices of many marches from this period in the second and final presentation of the Trio at the end of the piece. Here, Fillmore wrote fantastic fireworks in the upper woodwinds soaring over the melodic material presented in the Trio and tripling the woodwinds’ original melody in the saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. The effect in the reprisal of the Trio is the culmination of a fiery Finale to highlight the technical expertise any early 20th Century Band.
When preparing this composition, give special attention to the dynamic contrasts throughout the composition. It is recommended to bring the sections labeled much softer than in other compositions. Early 20th century bands would have emphasized their ability to play extremely soft as well as full volume. In the Trio section, be sure to highlight the Euphonium soloist and ensure the woodwinds do not overpower the musician to ensure that melody is to the fore. The conductor may consider reducing the instrumentation to 1-to-a-stand with larger ensembles.
Be sure to take note of the performance practice of the time period, especially in the release of phrases. For example, the following phrases would be released on the tied note to emphasize the sequential phrase:
In the Trio Finale section, give special attention to the balance and control of the ensemble. Be sure the melody played by the saxophones, trumpets, and trombones does not overpower the “fireworks” in the upper woodwinds while also ensuring the countermelody of the Euphoniums (doubled in the bassoons) is heard. The final statement should be a true reprisal finale of the Trio.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Henry Fillmore had a secret…
… he was a trombone player! The son of a composer of sacred music, he hid this secret from his father who thought the instrument to be sinful and uncouth. Perhaps it was this sinful nature which led him to marry an exotic dancer or perhaps it was the cause that led him to leave home and join a circus band and tour the country! Whichever the case, Fillmore elevated the instrument to exciting levels in the early municipal band movement. Fillmore was considered the “King” of the trombone smear and wrote memorable pieces featuring the instrument.
Fillmore was also noted for using pseudonyms to publish his music. Among his pseudonyms were, Harold Bennett, Ray Hall and Will Huff (which happened to infuriate another composer who’s name was also Will Huff…).
ABOUT THE ARRANGER
Aaron Noë is a conductor, educator, and trumpet player who loves to write and arrange music for his ensembles. A graduate of Greensboro College (NC), he has completed graduate work at the University of South Carolina where he was a Teaching Assistant and holds a Master of Music Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a trumpet player, Aaron Noë has been blessed to have performed with many great musicians including Eric Marienthal and the late, great legend of jazz, James Moody. Mr. Noë has taught trumpet privately and at the collegiate level as well.
Aaron Noë is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony (MAWS) in Fredericksburg, VA. MAWS is an invitational wind ensemble comprised of professional musicians from the midAtlantic region volunteering their time to promote professional-level wind band literature. MAWS is dedicated to the promotion of the finest classical band repertoire through the performance of compositions by modern composers while respecting the rich heritage of the American Wind Ensemble as established by John Philip Sousa and his contemporaries. The Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony performs three concerts each season in addition to special civic and patriotic events.
Aaron Noë performs, teaches and lives in Burlington, North Carolina with his beautiful wife, Rebekah, and their schnauzer named Miles
Arranged for Concert Band by AARON NOË
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