The Majestic Spirit
for concert band
         Part of the theme in The Majestic Spirit was originally written for a brass quintet that was never completed.  The theme did not seem complete so it was extended.  The new extended theme became the inspiration and music material for a concert band piece.  Pieces of the theme are utilized throughout the composition as a motive.  The theme also is set in a three voice canon many times during the piece.  The theme is first set in a 6/8 time signature.  With one of the three voice canons in the piece, the 6/8 theme is overlapped on to a 4/4 time signature and set against a new melody in a nine voice canon.  The middle section is slow and includes a new melody first played by the flutes.  The last section of the piece is back to the original fast tempo with the melody in a three voice canon set against a one bar ostinato pattern, a single note ostinato bass line and the new melody of the first section in a nine voice canon.

Duration:  7 Minutes
Number of measures:  194
Number of pages (Score):  27

Flute 1
Flute 2
Oboe 1
Oboe 2

Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bb Clarinet 3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Bass Clarinet (ad lib)

Eb Alto Saxophone 1
Eb Alto Saxophone 2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
French Horn 1
French Horn 2
French Horn 3
French Horn 4
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
String Bass (ad lib)


Mallets - Orchestra Bells, Vibraphone

Percussion 1 - Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal,

Percussion 2 - Snare Drum, Bass Drum
Measure Score

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Performance History

Commissioned by the Long Beach Shoreline Concert Band.
This piece was premiered by the Long Beach Shoreline Concert Band and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp on April 23, 1998 at the Long Beach Christian Reformed Church in Long Beach, CA.

The piece was also performed by the Huntington Beach Concert Band and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp in the summer of 2000 at the Huntington Beach Library in Huntington Beach, CA.