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FJH Music is pleased to offer Canzonique Music, a catalog dedicated to providing musical works for advanced ensembles. Canzonique Music will address music for concert band and orchestra, as well as chamber and solo literature.


Apollo

For Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
Brian Balmages
Grade 6

This concerto for soprano saxophone and wind ensemble is based on the tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission, in which a fire swept through the command module during a preflight test on January 27, 1967. All three astronauts onboard were killed, including Gus Grissom, the commander. This work makes extensive use of contemporary sounds and effects, seeking to portray the events of that day as experienced by Grissom himself (the work is dedicated to the memory of Grissom). Absolutely stunning writing for both soloist and ensemble, this work is a wonderful addition to the repertoire.

CM7004
Approx. Performance Time: 12:30
Price (Score & Parts): $140.00 / Score Only: $20.00

 


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This recording features Lynn Klock, soprano saxophone soloist, and the Virginia Wind Symphony, Dennis J. Zeisler, conductor.

Escapades

For Solo Clarinet and Wind Ensemble
Brian Balmages
Clarinet Solo: Grade 6
Band: Grade 4.5

Premiered at the 2005 Michigan Music Educators Conference, Escapades was commissioned by the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of Barry D. Martin, with Arthur Campbell as clarinet soloist. Since the premiere, it has been scheduled for additional performances in the United States and abroad.

The piece gets its inspiration from the title, which can be defined as "a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct." This piece is a series of changing "escapades" (or variations) which develop and explore different aspects of the opening thematic material. The entire work builds into a free improvisational section before all elements are united in the final presto.

CM7003
Approx. Performance Time: 10:00
Price (Score & Parts): $130.00 / Score Only: $20.00

 


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live performance by Charles West and the Riverside Wind Symphony

Pele

For Solo Horn and Wind Ensemble
Brian Balmages
F Horn Solo: Grade 6
Band: Grade 4

This latest installment with Canzonique Music is a wonderfully inspiring work. It was commissioned by Jerry Peel, professor of horn at the University of Miami, and was recorded by Peel and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble; Gary Green, Director. Pele was programmed for the College Band Directors National Conference in Baltimore (2004) with guest artist Philip Munds, Principal Horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Towson University Symphonic Band, with the composer conducting.

Pele was inspired by the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire (or Volcano Goddess) by the same name. She was passionate, volatile, and capricious. This lyrical work is an emotional rollercoaster in which we experience a glimpse of her personality — from her quiet moments to her most volatile.

CM7002
Approx. Performance Time: 10:00
Price (Score & Parts): $125.00 / Score Only: $13.00

 


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live performance by Jerry Peel and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble

Central Junction

for TubaEuphonium Quartet
Brian Balmages
Grade 6

Commissioned by the tuba — euphonium quartet Junction, Central Junction was premiered at the 2001 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Lahti, Finland. Since then, it has received numerous performances throughout the United States. It is based on a rhythmic, multimeter motif that constantly propels the work forward. All parts serve as an integral element in the development of the piece.

CM7001
Approx. Performance Time: 6:00
Price (Score & Parts): $25.00 / Score Only: $5.00

 



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live performance by JUNCTION

Fanfare Canzonique

for Brass Ensemble
Brian Balmages
Instrumentation: 5 B trumpets, 5 horns,
5 trombones, 2 euphoniums, and 2 tubas.
Grade 5

Fanfare Canzonique was commissioned and premiered by Gary Green and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble at the 2003 College Band Directors National Convention. It is written in memory of Gilbert Johnson, former principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and professor of trumpet at the University of Miami. This work is based on two of his most famous recordings: The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli and Respighi's Pines of Rome. It effectively makes use of an antiphonal choir and is an excellent concert opener.

CM7000
Approx. Performance Time: 3:30
Price (Score & Parts): $75.00 / Score Only: $7.50

 


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