This piece was written for Project: Sound under Robert Heath.
"Americana Variations" is a composition/arrangement/compilation of eight Stephen Foster songs. Each song is written in the style of eight prominent American composers since the mid-1800s. Besides the first song, "Old Folks at Home," being in the style of the original
composer, the seven composers are John Phillip Sousa, Charles Ives, George Gershwin,
Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Philip Glass, and John Wililams. All of them have unique voices that has influenced Western music. There were few others in consideration, such as John Cage, but that would've added another 4 minutes and 33 seconds to this piece. Being a fan of both high-brow and low-brow humor, I hope this chamber wind ensemble work will
be enjoyed by both performer and listener.
P.S. There is a "mystery composer" hidden towards the end. Try and see if you can find it.
1 Clarinet in Bb
1 Bass Clarinet in Bb
1 Soprano Saxophone
1 Alto Saxophone
2 Trumpets in Bb
2Horns in F
Song demo ranging from pop to soundtrack/classical:
- House Dance by Winton White
- Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
- Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard
- Take On Me by A-Ha
- Yesterday by Beatles
- Every Valley by George Frideric Handel
- Princess Mononoke by Joe Hisaishi
- Jack's Lament by Danny Elfman
Audition scene for Final Fantasy 6 Musical/Audiodrama:
Music by Malcolm Robinson Music: https://www.youtube.com/user/MalcolmRobinsonMusic?spfreload=5