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Aerodynamics
David R. Gillingham
concert band (score only)
 
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Grade IV
Duration 8:30

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Aerodynamics

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PROGRAM NOTES
Aerodynamics was commissioned by Donald W. Bruning for the Sinclair Community College Community Bands, conducted by Kenneth Kohlenberg, on the occasion of their Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Season. Since the event coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the invention of flight by the Wright Brothers, I thought it would be appropriate to compose a work which honors that occasion. The result is a work which is entirely celebratory in nature, celbrating man's technological invention and creativity. It is cast in six sections: 1) Invention, 2) Dayton, Ohio, 1903, 3) The Wright Brothers, 4) Construction, 5) Flight and 6) Celebration. Each of these sections intentionally alludes to its programmatic content. In the first section, "Invention," there is a sense of the unknown and anticipation. Particularly noticeable are the wind noises which allude to :flight." The motivic material is taken from Scott Joplin's Weeping Willlow Rag, written in 1903, the year of the first successful flight. Throughout the section the piano hints at the ragtime style and segues into the second section, "Dayton, Ohio 1903," where the second strain of the rag is played out on the piano, followed by the flute and alto saxophone playing the first strain. The third section, "The Wright Brothers," unfolds a new and dramatic theme which captures the spirit and importance that the Wright Brothers brought to America with their invention of flight. The middle of the section is interrupted with the first strain of the Weeping Willow Rag, followed by a reprise of the "Wright Brothers Theme." "Construction" makes reference to the building of the airplane that would later prove successful in flight. The Wrights built the plane in the back of their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. There is pounding on metal and wood and the constant ticking of time throughout the entire section and a smattering of motives from the Rag. The ensuing section is a musical depiction of the first successful "flight." The wind noise returns along with ascending and descending chromatic passages in the woodwinds and brass. Underscoring the section are hints of the "Wright Brothers Theme." The section grows in texture and strength and segues into the final section, "Celebration," where the "Wright Brothers Theme" returns in a glorious and celebratory fashion and drives to a resounding conclusion.
- DRG

INSTRUMENTATION
Piccolo
Flute 1/2
Oboe 1/2
Bassoon 1/2
Clarinet 1
Clarinet 2
Clarinet 3
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2/3
Horn 1/2
Horn 3/4
Trombone 1/2
Trombone 3
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani (4 drums)
Percussion 1 (bells, crotales, marimba, xylophone, chimes, temple blocks)
Percussion 2 (vibraphone, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, slap stick, ride cymbal, large tam-tam)
Percussion 3 (marimba, hi-hat, triangle, 6 ft. board, snare drum)
Percussion 4 (brake drum, snare drum, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, 3 tom-toms, small bass drum)



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