In the North of Aukum Mountain


Style: Concert Band, Contemporary
Grade: 2.5
Time: 5:10
Price: $45


In the North of Aukum Mountain:  Commissioned by Santiago Sabado and the Mountain Creek Middle School Band from Somerset, California. Written in a ternary, or ABA form (slow-fast-slow), the piece is impressionistic of the mountainous landscapes found in and around the Somerset area. Aukum Mountain is one of the peaks in that area. The piece, written at a 2.5/3 grade level, begins simply as if showing the start of a new day.  A simple, 4-note figure forms the basis of the melodic material. As the piece builds, the motives become intertwined and overlapped, forming a lush added-tone harmony. The faster, ‘B’ section is initially reminiscent of a march. In this section the melody is at first augmented, before being further developed.  The return of the ‘A’ theme brings us back to the feel of the beginning, now winding down as if at the close of another day in the mountains.

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Flute 1 & 2
Bb Clarinets 1 & 2
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophones 1 & 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet 1, 2, & 3
F Horn
Trombones 1, 2, & 3
Percussion (5 Percussionists):
Percussion 1, 2, 3, & 4

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