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Whānau Overture

for concert band

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  5m
Instrumentation:  Piccolo, Flutes 1 and 2, Oboe, Clarinets in B flat 1, 2 and 3, Bass clarinet in B flat, Contrabass clarinet in B flat, Alto saxophone in E flat 1 and 2, Tenor saxophone in B flat, Baritone saxophone in B flat, Bassoon, Trumpets in B flat 1, 2, 3 and 4, Horns in F 1 and 2, Trombones 1, 2 and 3 (bass), Euphonium, Tubas (divides into 2 parts), Percussion - 2 players on timpani, log drum, drum kit, suspended cymbal, Harp, Piano, Bass Guitar (or double bass)

Year:  2021
Duration:  5m
Instrumentation  Piccolo, Flutes 1 and 2, Ob...

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Whānau Overture was commissioned by The Manukau Concert Band to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and to be performed during 2021, under conductor Tom Chester. The band is proud of its inclusive and community spirit, and the music endeavours to reflect that: it is upbeat and playful and contains dance rhythms, but also has a tone of determination. Prior to composing the piece, Anthony received a sheet of comments from band members, on what playing in the band meant to them. These comments informed the ideas in the music.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by The Manukau Concert Band

Difficulty note

This is a community piece, aimed at intermediate performers