Millennium ll

Henry Brant

Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

A multi-spatial work for ten trumpets, ten trombones, eight horns, two baritone horns, two tubas, and six percussion. Millennium 2 was, of course, the era 1000-2000 A.D., recently concluded. After the end of the Second World War, many of us felt that a vast, new, secure, humane universe full of undreamed-of marvels for everyone was opening up. Millennium 2 was intended to be a celebration of that heady time. How curious it all seems now in these first disillusioned clays of the 3''' Millennium!

The horns, baritone horns and tuba, seated on the stage, follow the conductor precisely, in the normal way, from beginning to end. The timpani, gongs and thundersheet likewise; and from (M) to the end, the bell instruments also.

However, trumpets 1 to 9, and trombones 1 to 9, from the beginning to (V), all work on a different co-ordination plan. Each of these players enters on a direct, individual cue from the conductor, after which he ignores the conductor and all other players, and proceeds for himself, making no effort to maintain ensemble. The individual player, under these conditions, should nevertheless make every effort to perform in as steady and accurate a manner as possible. In most cases these entrances are divided up into phrases which are indicated by the termination sign [right bracket symbol]. After several phrases a repeat sign appears. The player is instructed to play through each such sequence, repeating if necessary in order to keep playing until a particular designated point, an obvious place such as a loud percussion entrance. When he hears this "cue", he continues playing until the end of his current phrase [right bracket symbol] and there makes a clean and definite exit. No "fade-out" or sudden "cut-off on cue."

At (S) and elsewhere a simpler device is used, there are no indicated phrase divisions or repeats; the player merely enters on cue, plays everything in the sequence once and then stops.

At (G) the 9 trumpets and 9 trombones enter precisely together, with the conductor, and then immediately go their separate ways. The trumpets alone at (Q), and the trombones at (S) have this same briefly simultaneous, and then promptly scattered, procedure. The bell instruments have this same kind of thing at letter (B).

In other sections, especially in the long (M) sequence, the conductor has the task of maintaining precise ensemble for the horns, tubas and percussion, and at the same time, giving direct individual cues to particular trumpet-trombone pairs or sections. This is workable because these "free" entrances always occur in relation to specific down-beats of the particular tempo which the conductor happens to be maintaining at these points.

From (V) to the end, the tempo system becomes normal, the entire group moving together in the same metre and tempo.

Available on Rental

Additional Information

Composition Date 1954
Duration 00:12:00
Orchestration Solo soprano voice (opt.); opt. sax: alto(2), ten.(2), bar.(2); tpt.(10), hn.(8), tbn.(10), t.(2); timp., perc.