William MacSems
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Toot Suite Program Notes Toot Suite was written for Tony Emrich, my friend and comrade in arms, so to speak. We served together in the USAF Band. This composition, has a duration of 9 minutes, 21 seconds, includes five short movements with unique and contrasting styles and character.

1. Fanfare: dur. (1’16”) The thematic material is typical of the traditional stereo -type and is born from a combination of quartal and tertial harmonies. A contrasting canonical interlude separates the beginning and ending phrases.

2. An OK Choral: dur. (3’13”) was first written for brass and then successfully transcribed for chorus and then re-transcribed, with some minor changes, back into a piece for brass quintet. It is labeled with the key of Db major but has difficulty in identifying with tonality and mode. It is like a homeless wanderer, knocking on various doors in search for a home and identity. It is in the final cadence that the search comes to an end in the stable key of Bb major.

3. Pocito Mexicana: dur. (1’ 58") reflects the style of the Mariachi band and the spirit of the Mexican Fiesta. The meter alternates between 3/4 and 6/8 much the same as the Spanish dance, the Seguidilla.

4. Nostalgia: dur. (2' 10") is a simple but lyrical and flowing melody and warm harmonies all of which make for pleasant listening and a moment of reverie.

5. Surprise March (1' 33") begins with a short introduction followed by a repeated, sprightly, eight measure phrase and a slight extension or development section, followed by a fanfare introduction to the surprise, which is a variation set in a jazzy/blues style.

Score ID
William MacSems
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
10 minutes

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