The Mystic Traveler
for concert band
         The original conception of The Mystic Traveler was to write a piece that begins with a driving and rhythmic pulse, which lasts throughout the piece.  The piece is comprised of two themes.  The first theme is not just a single melody but also the combination of four voice chords that are utilized, manipulated and set in a canon.  The second theme is a six beat eighth note pattern with accents on every third eighth.  Parts and pieces of the two themes are employed throughout the piece.  The second theme was originally used for a cue in a film has yet to released.

Duration:  5 Minutes
Number of measures:  174
Number of pages (Score):  24


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, Xylophone, Vibraphone

Percussion 1 - Crash Cymbal,
Snare Drum, Bass Drum

Percussion 2 - Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Woodblock, Tambourine
Measure Score

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Performance History

Commissioned by the Huntington Beach Concert Band.
This piece was premiered by the Huntington Beach Concert Band and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp on July 8, 2001 at the Heritage Park in Dana Point, CA.