These pieces (in Noteworthy Composer format) are for private use only. You may download them for your own personal use. You may NOT market them for monetary gain. You may NOT use the scores to give a public performance unless you have the permission of the copyright holder/user who submitted the file. You will find the contact details in this file. If you are having difficulties, please contact for further advice. For more information on copyright, please read this.
asteria_march.nwc (April 2003) 6 kB
|Full name of work:||The Asteria March, (original 1994, brass arrangement 2003)|
|Composer:||Kaplan, Howard L. (1948- ), Canadian|
|Lyricist:||Kaplan, Howard L. (1948- ), Canadian|
|First line:||Echinodermata are we. We have complex, spiny skin.|
|Music category:||Chamber march|
|Instruments:||Two trumpets, one french horn, one trombone, one tuba, percussion|
|Name of file creator:||Howard L. Kaplan|
|e-mail address:||howard "at" thrinberry-frog "dot" com|
|Comments:||If you do not try to read the notation or the lyrics as you simply listen, you may find this a rather peculiar march. If you do try to read the lyrics, you may find this an even more peculiar march, albeit a less inexplicably peculiar march.|
The Asteria March originated as a song in 1994; the current arrangement is for brass quintet with percussion. The incentive to create the arrangement was the march competition conducted on various Noteworthy Composer newsgroups in March 2003; it won third prize out of 24 entries. If you like using ten dollar words, you can call this a "chaconne" instead of a song arrangement -- that means that the same melody plus chorus line, 12 bars worth, keeps showing up in different instruments and different octave transpositions.
I used the Unison sound font on an SB Audigy card; if you use a different font, your mileage (or balance) may vary. I've notated the brass at concert pitch.
Since the song melody moves from instrument to instrument, I have also created a silent instrument in the top staff to hold the lyrics and a copy of the melody, regardless of what instrument is currently playing that melody. This staff also holds the chord symbols that a folk musician would use if accompanying this song. The instrument is not muted, but all of its notes are set to a volume of 0. Having the lyrics on a single inaudible channel also makes it easier for me to make a .kar file from the .mid after importing the latter into Melody Assistant.
Grant of permission - I hereby grant the Scriptorium, a web site devoted to posting examples of music composed or notated using Noteworthy Composer, found at http://nwc-scriptorium.org/ as of March 2003, the non-exclusive right to post the information in the form submitted above and in the .nwc file described by the form.
Original song composed 1994, brass arrangement composed 2003