Extracted from Archer's "Symphony No. 2," Humoresque is a playful scherzo-like march filled with rhythmic excitement that will get your toe tapping. Don't get tripped up by all the meter changes though!
Duration: ca. 3:30
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Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2/3
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2
Trumpet in Bb 3
Horn in F 1/2
Horn in F 3/4
Piano (+ Triangle)
Timpani (+ Chimes, Bells)
Percussion 1 (Xylophone, Vibraphone, Bells)
Percussion 2 (Tambourine, Ratchet, Vibraslap, Woodblock, Marimba, Chimes)
Percussion 3 (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-Tam, Triangle, Tambourine)
Percussion 4 (Splash Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Whip, Triangle, Crash Cymbals, Crotales, Chimes, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-Tam)
Extracted from "Symphony No. 2," Humoresque was originally labeled as a march. It is dedicated to Andy Waggoner, my first composition teacher in graduate school. By form it is a march, but by style, a scherzo. It is intended to be playful and humorous (reflective of our personal relationship), but also makes use of several of the concepts and skills he taught me, including how to use octatonic collections.
- Kimberly K. Archer
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Kimberly K. Archer (b. 1973 in Mendota, IL) is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Composition at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. She teaches composition, music theory, analysis, counterpoint, and 20th century music. Past appointments include Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Western Carolina University in North Carolina, and Southeast High School in Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Composition from Syracuse University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include David Maslanka, David Gillingham, Andrew Waggoner, Donald Grantham, and Charlie Carter.
Dr. Archer’s music has been performed throughout the United States, including the 2010 National Band Association Convention - Wisconsin Chapter (Moorscape, Awakenings, etc.), the 2009 Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Convention and the 2008 Wisconsin Music Educators Association Convention (Symphony no. 3), the 2007 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention (Westward Sentinel), the 2006 CBDNA Southwest Regional Convention (March from Symphony no. 2), the 2003 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (Awakenings), and the 2002 CBDNA Southern Regional Convention (
for those taken too soon ...). She has received commissions from such organizations as The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma, The International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the Iowa All-State Band, as well as by consortiums of university and high school ensembles around the country.
Dr. Archer is a contributor for Composers on Composing for Band, vol. 4. In addition, her for those taken too soon …. (Symphony no. 1) is featured in an interview in the February 2004 issue of The Instrumentalist, titled “Kimberly Archer Turned Sadness into a Five-Movement Memorial.” She publishes reviews of CD recordings for the International Alliance for Women in Music, and is a recipient of the ASCAPlus award.
All of Dr. Archer’s published music is available from C. Alan Publications in Greensboro, NC. Her Symphony no. 3 (Troy 1152) is recorded on Albany Records. Her Symphony no. 2 (6669-MCD, On Fire) and for those taken too soon… (Symphony no. 1) (7643-MCD, Geometric Dances) are recorded on Mark Custom Recording CD’s.