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A Copland Portrait


A Copland Portrait

Product Number: 8190*

Composer: Conte, David, Nowlin, Ryan

Sku Product Name Price Qty
8190 A Copland Portrait (Band Set & Score)
8189 A Copland Portrait (Additional Band Score)


Originally commissioned by maestro Neal Gittleman, A Copland Portrait was premiered by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2000. In March of 2015, First Lieutenant Ryan Nowlin’s transcription of this work for band was premiered by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Jason Fettig. ECS Publishing is proud to offer both the band and the orchestra version.

Conte on the creation of this overture: “I set out quite consciously to evoke various aspects of Copland's work by combining and recombining them within the terms of my own musical personality. For example, the first theme of A Copland Portrait combines the character of a theme from The Red Pony with the rhythmic texture of the scherzo of the Third Symphony. While composing the piece I was conscious of drawing inspiration from many of Copland's works; a melodic shape here, a harmonic gesture there, until I arrived at something that felt fresh and new to me. A Copland Portrait is cast in a traditional Sonata-Allegro form. After a vigorous, syncopated orchestral tutti, the first theme is announced in the solo oboe, accompanied by a steady eighth-note ostinato. Playful interjections are stated in the flute and bassoon. The syncopated tutti returns; the first theme is stated again, this time in the low winds. This theme builds to a colorful climax, leading into a more dissonant transition section, which gradually slows and gives way to a lilting, more lyrical second theme in the clarinet. After some modest development of the second theme, a more plaintive theme stated in the muted trumpet brings the exposition to a close. A scherzando development section follows; the first four notes of the first theme are inverted and subjected to various contrapuntal treatments. This development section ends with a return of the opening syncopated motive, leading into a recapitulation of the first theme, this time in canon, and the second theme and closing theme, broadly sung. A brilliant toccata-style coda brings A Copland Portrait to a brisk conclusion.”

Additional Information

SKU (Product number) 8190*
Available Editions

Individual Band Replacement Parts, 8297

Composer/Arranger Conte, David; Nowlin, Ryan
Voicing & Instruments Band Set & Score
Instrumentation Piccolo, 1st Flute, 2nd Flute, 1st Oboe, 2nd Oboe, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet, 4th Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, BBb Contrabass Clarinet, 1st Bassoon, 2nd Bassoon, Contrabassoon, 1st Eb Alto Saxophone, 2nd Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, 3rd Bb Cornet, 1st C Trumpet, 2nd C Trumpet, 3rd C Trumpet, 1st F Horn, 2nd F Horn, 3rd F Horn, 4th F Horn, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, 3rd Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Double Bass, Piano, Timpani, Mallet Percussion 1 (Xylo., Glock.)
Mallet Percussion 2 (Marimba, Glock.)
Percussion 1 (Trg., Tamb., S.D., Med. Sus. Cym., Lg. Sus. Cym.)
Percussion 2 (B.D., Sm. Tam-Tam)
Recording Credits U. S. Marine Band, LtCol Jason K. Fettig, conductor
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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