To the rescue! : symphonic wind band
by Paul Stanhope (2007)
I have long been a fan of Warner Brothers cartoons and their music scores from the golden age of the 1950s and 60s. To the Rescue is my response to an imagined cartoon-like scenario of a rescue with hair-brained schemes, much ridiculous activity but little actual rescuing.
Musically, the piece is full of animated running semiquaver passages, replete with percussion effects straight out of cartoon-scores and lively, exaggerated pastiche elements. In the dying stages of the piece, the full forces of the concert band finally come together as one, and perhaps in a concerted last-ditch effort, a serious rescue attempt is indeed mustered!
Instrumentation: Concert band
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Level 4.5
Commission note: Commissioned by Reed Music
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