Cajun Folk Songs - Concert Band

Catalog: 203430

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Cajun Folk Songs

for Concert Band

Excerpts below are used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc., and are from "Teaching Music through Performance in Band - Volume 1."

The musical material in Cajun Folk Songs is based on two selections taken from a 1934 phonograph recording of folksongs collected by John and Alan Lomax. Ticheli writes: "The first movement, 'La Belle et le Capitaine,' tells the story of a young girl who feigns death to avoid being seduced by a captain. The second movement, 'Belle,' is about a man who goes away to Texas only to receive word of his sweetheart's illness, forcing him to return to Louisiana. Findeing her unconscious upon his return, he pawns his horse to try to save her, to no avail." While the dominant key signatures in both movements are not imposing (D Dorian and F major respectively,) occasional accidentals do appear more frequently in the second movement when harmonies shift out of the dominant key. The first movement is slow and free-flowing, with meter shifting back and forth between 2/4 and 3/4. The second movement is quite a bit faster, and features an incessant rhythmic pulse. Both movements feature full and transparent scoring, and the writing is both polyphonic and homophonic.

Instrumentation:  C Piccolo, Flute 1-2, Oboe 1-2, Bassoon 1-2, Bb Clarinet 1-3, Eb Alto Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Contrabass Clarinet, BBb Contrabass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1-3, F Horn 1-2, Trombone 1-3, Euphonium TC, Euphonium BC, Tuba, Timpani, Xylophone, Marimba, Suspended Cymbal, Sand Blocks or Cabasa, Triangle, Castanets, Tambourine, 4 Tom Toms, Bass Drum.

Includes score and parts

Publisher: Manhattan Beach
Composer/Author: Ticheli, Frank
Catalog Number: 203430

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