Acadiana - Concert Band

Catalog: SET210781

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The word, Acadiana, was coined by Cajuns in Louisiana with the intention of creating a hybrid of "Acadia" (now Nova Scotia) and "Louisiana"; it refers to a region comprising much of the southern half of Louisiana, where Cajun culture and heritage have thrived for more than two hundred years. My work honors that heritage, and completes the triology of Cajun-inspired works I have composed for concert band over a twenty-seven year period.

The Trilogy

Cajun Folk Songs (1989) - Grade III

Cajun Folk Songs II (1996) - Grade IV

Acadiana (2016) - Grade V

I - At The Dancehall: The first movement, "At the Dancehall," makes use of two different Cajun rhythmic features: un valse in deux temps (a waltz in two times), alternating between triple and duple meters, and a witty, lighthearted two-step dance. Beginning as a playful game of catch between instruments at the extreme registers of the band, and ending like an old 78 rpm record that has lost its spring-power, this movement is jazzily joyful and as wry & playful as anything I've composed for concert band.

II - Meditations on a Cajun Ballad: The second movement (composed in memory of the victims of Hurricane Katrina) serves as the emotional heart of the entire work. It is constructed as a set of six variations (or meditations) on an ancient Cajun ballad, "La fille de quatorze ans." The haunting melody first appears about 90 seconds into the movement, heard as if through a distant mist of circling rain; it is played by piccolo and tuba four octaves apart from each other. Then several old Cajun folksongs make short, frenzied cameo appearances. The energy reaches a boiling point, finally collapsing on itself before slowly dissolving into a poignant and prayer-like coda, during which, without pause, in bursts the final movement:

III - To Lafayette: The finale is an exalted dance that combines original material with my own personal variant on the Cajun folk melody, "Allons a Lafayette." I've come across many versions of this wonderfully jubilant tune over the years. While my own version is fairly removed from any of the sources I've seen or heard, it still upholds the tune's basic harmonic structure and inherent joie de vivre. From beginning to end, the finale is an exuberant celebration of life, as is the trilogy itself.

Table of Contents:
  • I. At the Dancehall
  • II. Meditations on a Cajun Balad
  • III. To Lafayette
Publisher: Manhattan Beach
Composer/Author: Ticheli, Frank
Catalog Number: SET210781