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MetaMarch (adaptable ensemble version)

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  • Year

    2020 (2003)
  • Difficulty

  • Duration

    04:00 min
  • Perusal Score


Instrumentation:   FlexChamber

Genres:   EnergeticflexflexibleHumorousMarchQuirky

This is the six-part (plus optional, but recommended, percussion) version of MetaMarch, arranged by Robert J. Ambrose from the original band work. As with my other adaptable ensemble works, I hope this provides you with the opportunity to explore the original music using whomever is available in order to create a musical experience, while also digging into the elements of the composition and understanding the effects of orchestrational choices on our perception of music.

MetaMarch was the third (after Chester Leaps In and ImPercynations, but before Suite Dreams) of my Parody Suite pieces that quote and rework familiar themes from popular works for band. I wanted to create a “march movement” for the Parody Suite, so I chose three familiar marches, Americans WeLiberty Bell March, and National Emblem as source material, and ended up weaving in fragments from Chester Leaps In and ImPercynations to further round out the post-modern, self-referential nature of the piece, all tied together in a (mostly) straightforward march. While including all these various warped quotes, I wanted this piece to still sound like a march. Above all, it’s intended to be humorous – I hope it brings you a smile!

Technical Info

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At least one player from each of the following six parts is required:

  1. Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, Bb Soprano Sax, or Violin
  2. Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, Eb Alto Sax, or Violin
  3. Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, F Horn, or Viola
  4. Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Tenor Sax, F Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, or Cello
  5. Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Contra-alto Clarinet, Bb Tenor Sax, Eb Baritone Sax, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Cello
  6. Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Contrabass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Sax, Tuba, Contrabass

There are also optional but recommended percussion parts for up to five players:

Cymbals (optional)
Snare Drum (optional)
Bass Drum (optional)
Xylophone (optional)
Glockenspiel (optional)

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