The Olympians

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Full details

VSL sound sampled MIDI recording:

This was a contest entry for the chat page "Spirit of Olympia" contest held through the members of this web site in May 2004.

Of nine scores, it tied for first place from email votes cast.

Four Movements: 1) Fanfares 2) Citius, Altius, Fortius 3) Recovery 4) Parade

The contest had a limited instrumentation list. I chose, Flute (doubling piccolo), B-flat Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Horn, B-flat Trumpet, Piano, Percussion I (timpani, snare, xylophone), Percussion II (cymbals, vibraphone.)

I had in mind the Modern Olympic games and a little bit of the cliche surrounding the pomp and circumstance. We start out with a raucus timpani introduction and fanfare gestures in the winds. Then a chase in Citius, Altius, Fortius. A respite in Recovery, and finally, a fun march in the closing Parade.

Score ID
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
9 minutes
Large mixed ensemble
Classical music

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