The Three Embraces

For Wind Symphony

Carter Pann

Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: Wind Band or Wind Ensemble
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2, Flute 3, Flute 4, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Clarinet 1 in Bb, Clarinet 2 in Bb, Clarinet 3 in Bb, Clarinet 4 in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, Contrabassoon, Soprano Saxophone in Bb, Alto Saxophone in Eb, Tenor Saxophone in Bb, Baritone Saxophone in Eb, Trumpet 1 in Bb, Trumpet 2 in Bb, Trumpet 3 in Bb, Trumpet 4 in Bb, Horn 1 in F, Horn 2 in F, Horn 3 in F, Horn 4 in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano (and Celesta), Harp, String Bass, Timpani, Percussion 1, Percussion 2, Percussion 3
Item Number: 115-40214
Number of Pages: 48+280
Duration: 12:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

The first two of three movements are meant to be "aural aromas," says Pann, with soft, languid, and lush winds ("a long trail of the softest dynamics"). Harp and celesta are used to impart "an aura of ancient, inward elegance." The Three Embraces ends with a celebratory mix of "pastoral melodies juxtaposed over more modern, angular harmonies." Written to celebrate Allan McMurray's 35 years as Director of Bands at the University of Colorado. (all quotes from the composer) Dur.: 12'30"

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by great friends for Allan McMurray's final concert as Director of Bands in celebration of 35 years at The University of Colorado


I. Antique, Calming
II. With Quiet Longing
III. With Rubato (A Joyous Ceremony At First)

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