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Fourth alarm

Sheet Music: Score

Fourth alarm : overture for orchestra / Natalie Williams.

by Natalie Williams (2002)

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  • Instrumentation: 3 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets in B flat (3rd doubling bass clarinet in B flat), 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, strings.
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    Performance by George Ellis, Sydney Youth Orchestra from the CD Works, 1999-2005


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Fourth Alarm is a concert overture for large orchestra. The music in this piece synthesizes two elements; a short military tune and my response and depiction of the musical idea of a Fourth Alarm. Parts of the melodic material in Fourth Alarm were drawn from military music and specifically, from a set of Alarm Signals for trumpet (or bugle) which signal a response to alarm or a call to arms. From a small source book entitled; Trumpet & Bugle Calls for the Australian Army (1916) by Captain WG Bently ARCM, I took a short six bar Alarm field call for mounted troops & infantry. The same short tune serves also as a fire alarm and a routine call for cavalry. Consisting of a repeated dotted rhythmic figure in major and minor thirds, this motive can be frequently heard in the brass, particularly trumpets, throughout Fourth Alarm. Although most modern emergency services do not utilise this repertoire of alarm signals, I have used the theme as a reference to the origins of the Fourth Alarm as an incident response procedure.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (40p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 9 mins, 15 sec.

Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis for performance by Sydney Youth Orchestra.

First performance by George Ellis, Sydney Youth Orchestra — 29 Mar 03. Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW

Includes programme note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67305-436-3

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