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Alliance Publications, Inc. in Sinsinawa and Fish Creek, Wisconsin,
was founded in 1989 by music educators, Anita Smisek and Joel Blahnik,
BAND to bring quality music to all. Presently, the API catalogues include the
music and recordings of more than 200 selected artist-composers from here
CATALOG Of special interest are the works of a number of prominent Czech and
Slovak composers not to be found anywhere else—our specialty. This is
music from the ‘conservatory of Europe’ representing more than 80
national artists. All music under contract is listed within although not all
is published at this time.
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and abilities from beginners to professionals, sacred and secular—for:
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ductor and musicians who musically create the fun and spirit of this superb march! A
Symphonic Band Music perfect encore composition!
Sym Band AP-651 Set $80.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3-4 3>00
from Dream Song, Mojmâr Ba;rtek
This concert work features a soloist - flugelhorn, trumpet, tenor sax, or tenor horn -
accompanied by concert band< a beautiful work to surely appeal to your audiences and
Alliance Publications Inc. musicians who like the big band era sounds.
Sym Band AP-6026 Set $70.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 3>38
Fanfare and Processional for Symphonic Band, Joel Blahnâk
• Grade 3 A flavorful composition in two continuous movements sharing the same thematic
idea and pulse— Fanfare is in common time, while Processional in cut time. A
A Father\s Dream, John Harmon A mirror of the inner currents which flow superb teaching tool with interesting harmonic flavor, providing a wonderful
in the mind of a father. A beautiful sentimentally strong solo trumpet melody is opportunity for improving listening skills. As with Sousa, dynamics and accents are
supported by moving lush chords and embellishing woodwinds centered around the the musical elements which shape the work. A good concert opener or for use as a
rich tonality of Db. Midway, a tender dream world is portrayed with moving hues of good commencement piece. Very appealing.
harmonic colorings. The main theme returns concluding the work a full step higher in Sym Band AP-623 Set $65.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 2>30
Eb, thereby providing the feeling of a most satisfying sensitive optimism and joy.
(Part I from Trilogy for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble - AP-620) 3>25 Fanfare for Band, Robert James Dvorak
Trumpet Solo w Sym Band AP-636 Set $95.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 A short, dramatic attention-getter, this fanfare has a rich melodic and harmonic texture.
It can serve equally well in a football stadium or in a small hall. Medium difficulty.
Adieu for Symphonic Band, Antonân Tuc“apsky; First written and performed indoors in 1959 for a ways and means project called the
Adieu isthe first band work of Antonân Tuc“apsky; and is an expression of his departure |Home Show\ at the J S Morton High School, Berwyn, IL, under the direction of David
from his native country, Czechoslovakia, under communism. This explains the shaping McCormick. Sym Band AP-658 Set $30.00 Sc $5.00 Gr 3 1>20
of prhases with an elastic rubato tempo which carries emotions that are sensitive and
tender while rendering depth with a technique comfortable for the instruments. The Festival Fanfare for Band, Robert James Dvorak
tonal portrait begins with the woodwinds, exclusive of saxophones, and evolves into Requested for and first performed outdoors at the Music Educators National
the sax ensemble with sprinklings of brass which then evolve into full tutti in ms. 25. Conference for the April 1978 opening ceremony, Chicago, IL. Woodwinds, brass
The work then calms down and comes back to the opening statement which then and percussion are all fully engaged in this brilliant ceremonial concert-event-
evolves into a small extension, and ends quietly in 56 measures with the opening opener. The percussion involves timpani, snare, tenor and bass drums, cymbals,
motive. Extremely well-crafted, this composition carries strong musical impact with triangle and tom-toms. It\s dynamic! A must do!
modest technique, a tribute to an extremely gifted composer. Sym Band AP-673 Set $30.00 Sc $5.00 Gr 3 1>00
Sym Band AP-673 Set $60.00 Sc $10.00 Gr 3 3>30
Ghost Dance, James D. Thornton
Andante for for Trumpet (Oboe) and Band, Robert J Dvorak Ghost Dance was inspired by the North Dakota composer\s acquaintance with the
Andante (8>30) Andante is an expression of freedom and joy inspired by the American great vision of Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux Indian Nation. The work is based
immigrant spirit finally free to realize its full potential in life. upon 4 chants of the Plains Indians which are used |in toto\ as well as in develop
Sym Band AP-673 Set $95.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 3¶5-Soloist 4>00 ment. A work of great impact, drama, and musical significance.
Sym Band AP-629 Set $95.00 Sc $35.00 Gr 3-4 9>45
Andante Cantabile, Tchaikovsky, arr. Karel Be;lohoubek
An elegant melody by Tchaikovsky is masterfully set for concert winds and timpani by Good Land> Wau toma, Joel Blahnik An environmentally sensitive
Karel Be;lohoubek, retired bandmaster of the Czech Central Army Band. This arrange composition paying tribute to the Native Americans of the Upper Midwest.
ment is marvelous and possesses all the charm of its original string quartet setting.
Employs optional Native American drumming, optional creative writing by the
Intelligent scoring portraying the various timbre of the concert winds with gentle
students, and pentatonic improvisation. 7¶4 meter plus familiar paraphrases provide
dynamics makes this composition a work of art by an artful arranger. At a grade 3
intrigue and drama to this |open work.\
level, this composition |sings| with true musicianship and appeal.
Sym Band AP-614 Set $70.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3-4 10>00
Sym Band AP-6001 Set $95.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 3 7>00
General G. S. Patton Concert March, Otakar Pihrt
Back Talk, Harry Breuer¶arr. James Moyer
General G. S. Patton March by Czech composer, Otakar Pihrt, is a musical tribute to
Back Talk dazzled radio listeners when the composer, Harry Breuer, performed it along
the American forces led by General Patton in the closing days of the European World
with Chicken Reel on numerous radio shows. This ragtime composition is a virtuosic War II Theatre. Patton who was held back from moving forward another 300 miles
showpiece for the advanced high school or college percussionist. The band is chal- was a huge hero to the Czechs. He liberated Western Bohemia and the War ended on
lenged to follow dynamic markings to allow the soloist to always be heard—all the May 5th 1945. The American soldiers engaged in this activity were heros to the
better to enjoy this work together! Czechs. The robust character of Patton was known throughout the world. This march
Xylophone & Concert Band AP-6012 $85.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 ¶5 possesses that same energy and if one is attentive one can pick up a bit of the
American national anthem in the music. Solid in its scoring, this march should have
Soloist 2>50 great appeal to those studying world history. A tribute to a great era in history!
Sym Band AP-614 Set $85.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 4 4>25
Benignus, James D. Thornton
Benignus (beh-nee-nyoos), a latin word was chosen by the composer to describe his Graduation Day, John Harmon This is a royal work of ease with a full
father, Donald J. Thornton, a career instrumental music educator and father of six pro- richness of sound. It serves beautifully as a processional or else as a relaxed
fessional musicians, to whom the work is dedicated. It means a kind and generous, program work. Technical level is grade 2, yet the effect of a grade 4 sound image is
fruitful person. Benignus is a clasic chaconne which proceeds through a series of easily obtained. From the master pen of John Harmon, the piece conveys a heart
clever variants, developing and building into a grand heroic finale. An extremely filled sincerity and a sense of color which is most appealing.
Sym Band AP-630 Set $35.00 Sc $5.00 Gr 3 2>30
Sym Band AP-685 Set $80.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3-4 4>24
Hail to the Border Guards> March, Josef Flegl¶arr. Joel Blahnâk
Castaldo (A humorous ||encore\\ military march), Rudolf Nova;c“ek ¶ arr. This transcription for band is majestic! Adapted from the original orchestral work,
Karel Be“lohoubek A clever adaptation of an old straight-forward march Sla;va Chodsku by Josef Flegl. The fanfare motif of the opening two measures
from 1884 by Rudolf Nova;c“ek, a military conductor in Pilsen and in Prague. There (do, mi, so, so, la, so) carries itself cleverly throughout the entire composition. Solid
is no bold musical slapstick here, just the subtle change which comes from alternat block scoring with subito dynamic markings grant the work a commanding stature.
ing meter and tempo by moving back and forth from a march to a waltz. The surprise The legato Trio melody flows like honey and, again, subito dynamics provide an ele
effect brings musical delight to listeners. Czech wit has touched this classic march ment of intrigue and interest. A dynamic march which is very playable and possesses
through the pen of Karel Be“lohoubek. Humor has been the survival instinct of the great appeal, it celebrates the unique Chod culture from SW Bohemia which borders
Czech people during the 5 different political regimes of the 20th century (some ele Bavaria. Hail to the Border Guards is a tribute to these unique people, including 6
gant & others highly repressive). Sophistication adds to the musical charm of this centuries of arranger Blahnik\s ancestors, who bravely stood for their ancient rights
edition of Castaldo. Bravo for the imagination of Karel Be“lohoubek and to the con granted by Czech kings as a |free people\ against the 18th century Austro-Hungarian
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authority which tried to enslave them as serfs. As a courageous people guarding the changes and layering of textures. This grade 3 composition will surely find its way
borders, the Chods developed their own distinctive musical culture. on concert programs because of its immediate appeal and charm.
Sym Band AP-653 Set $90.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 3>10 Sym Band AP-643 Set $75.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 3>50
Hallmark (Suite of Czech Popular Songs), J. Mars“âk ¶ arr. Joel Blahnâk Marian Symphony for Band, Joel Blahnâk
A medley of melodious Czech folk songs originally compiled by J. Mars“âk and now A 4-mvt composition which is a free rendering of motives from 3 traditional Marian
adapted for the American symphonic band for a lively enjoyable musical experience hymns—Salve Mater, Immaculate Mary and Hail, Holy Queen. This 12-minute work
in the style from the |heart of Europe\. Happy joyous music which will make your engages 4 percussion parts & timpani which contribute an exciting new expression to
audience want to dance. It utilizes a 2-pt vocal in which is part of the tradition. a sacred theme. After a quick opening statement, mvt 2 features saxophone quartet
Texts are in either English or Czech. Sym Band with 2 SA Vocalists alone with optional vocal soloist. Mvt 3 dwells upon the concept of mystery with
AP-627 Set $85.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3-4 4>30 mute percussion and glissando trombones. Mvt 4 presents 2 hymns which have the
option of woodwind choir on a verse, followed by brass choir or just full tutti. For
Huntsman Waltz, (Trad. Bohemian Folksong), arr. Jim Scheuer each hymn, a text of 3 verses is provided for the band or an augmenting choir¶audi
Huntsman Waltz, arranged by one of Wisconsin\s finest music educators is a delightful ence to sing in unison. Richly scored, this work is a great expression of beauty.
expression of ethnic music from the heart of Europe (the Czech lands) brought to Sym Band AP-6002 Set $100.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 3 12>10
America in the 1870s by immigrants from that area of the world who settled in the
|Heart of America.\ This wonderful engaging melody creates a warm feeling and puts Millionaires Polka, George C”molâk¶arr. Jim Scheuer
a smile on the face and taps the toe. Playable by a good high school band, this full This wonderful energetic work, depicting |millionaires\ puts a smile on the face and
band arrangement sings itself nicely, playing itself effortlessly. Scheuer\s arrangement engages the toe to tap besides giving enjoyment because of the beautiful melody line.
is sensitive, with excellent employment of dynamics, crescendos, and articulations all Played by a high band, this full band arrangement plays itself effortlessly. Scheuer\s
which shape the phrase and give a sense of joy to this charming waltz. A unique fea arrangement is professional, with excellent employment of dynamic contrast, accents,
ture is that this music may be performed in true wind ensemble fashion with one on a articulations all which give character to this crafty polka. Excellent design to teach
part (as a polka or dance band) with a few optional instruments, or may be used full style. One unique feature is that this music may be performed in true wind ensemble
tutti band. Excellent! fashion with one on a part (as a polka or dance band) with a few optional instruments,
Sym Band AP-6037 Set $65.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 4>31 or may be used full tutti band. Fun, fun, fun!!!
Sym Band AP-6038 Set $50.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 3>00
Hunyadi Indulo, Ferenc Erkel ¶ ed. Brian Hughes
Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893) was a true man of the theatre and the leading figure in nine O Magnum Mysterium, Tomas Luis de Victoria¶arr. A Mast
teenth century Hungarian opera. His 1844 work, Hunyadi Laszlo, was an immediate Enjoy a return to the Renaissance through Andy Mast\s arrangement of Vittoria\s
hit throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Franz Liszt thought so highly of this famous motet, O Magnum Mysterium, published in Venice in 1572. The work features
march that he transcribed it into a massive solo piano work in 1847. It is a classic several characteristics of Victoria\s style which included an unusual amount of
example of the verbunkos folk style indigenous of much of the music of Erkel\s home chromatic harmonies compared to his contemporaries as well as unusual and abrupt
land, dance music which became infused in piano and orchestral works of both Liszt contrasts. Enjoy an excursion into gorgeous polyphony! Sail on those long phrases
and Brahms. Play it on the |slower side\ (m. 108-1112) and let it dance! with full breath support and sustained playing!
Sym Band AP-697 Set $80.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 3 2>30 Sym Band AP-6006 Set $90.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3.5 4>30
I Am the Glad Earth, John Harmon A band setting of the SATB song, Pilgrimage to Compostela, David Resnick Pilgrimage opens with a
I Am the Glad Earth, which enables school and community ensembles to join forces stirring unison introduction using the notes of the first theme. After a reflective
(choral and band) and raise the consciousness of all to recognize our relationship to interlude, the first theme begins and is then quickly taken up by other »pilgrims.\
Mother Earth. A delicious sounding ballad with contemporary harmonization. A new theme is then introduced with the first theme being used as a cantus firmus.
Sym Band with Unison or Mixed Choir, optl AP-621 Set $60.00 The character of the piece changes as the brass section asserts itself along with
percussion section solos. The piece comes to a rousing conclusion as the |pilgrims\
Sc $10.00 Gr 3 3>30 SATB and Piano AP-1395 $1.50
arrive safely to the sounding of the cathedral bells in Compostela. Since the
Unison & Piano AP-1585 $1.25 Middle Ages up to the present day, pilgrims have walked for about 30 days and
550 miles from the Abbey of Cluny in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Into the Smiling Country ¶ Do zeme“ u;sme“vu` Polka), A Tichy; as a spiritual practice. A musical journey worth taking!
Into the Smiling Country by Antonin Tichy; is an example of the wonderful melodious Sym Band AP-657 Set $90.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3-4 3>32
ness of folk band music from the Czech lands. The concert polka form, born in
Bohemia, provides great joy and a sense of beauty to those who experience it. It is Polka Pageant, Joel Blahnik
scored for full symphonic band with both American and European instrumentations. Polka Pageant is a medley of 5 well-known Czech polka melodies originally created
Composer Tichy;, a retired Band Master of the highest order is highly respected for his for dancing and singing—an arrangement well-suited for outdoor performances or
musicianship and is an excellent representative of a classical composer applying his for folks who wish to dance. For the concert use, the conductor may wish to do
gifts to the folk art, thereby creating a whole new listening sensation! The sophistica some |thinning\ of the instrumental textures. The original Bohemian polka tempo is
tion of the arranging and harmonic scoring and counterpoint is refreshing to experi slower than 2 beats per second (108). For the style to come out, play in a relaxed
ence. Czech polkas always have texts for they tell a story. Text is provided for solo tempo, keeping a |tight grasp on the reins!\ This edition incorporates elements of
singer both in English and the original Czech language, but is optional. Absolutely Czech humor with |sonic booms\ from the bass drum (to be played in a delayed man
enjoyable music—fun to perform, listen to, toe tap, dance with a friend, or sit back ner), minor |tickling\ dissonances, inversion of voicing, and trombone glissandos.
and relish! Even though traditional in its |blue-print\ form, musicians can enjoy the discovery of
Sym Band AP-6027 Set $50.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 4>15 musical humor in its performance. This work will also work well as for contest¶festi
vals in place of the traditional opening march.
Invention No. 2, Joel Blahnik Listed in Best Music for the Young Band. On Sym Band AP-6040 Set $75.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 3 4>30
state contest lists. A dramatic composition based on a 3-note motif possessing great
levels of dynamics, contrast, tone color and intensity. A tight composition Prelude & Chorale for Solo Instrument & Band,Va;clav Nelhybel
employing various canonic devices with creative percussion. A perfect tool for (VAHTS-lov NEL-hee-bell) Any solo band instrument can be featured in this majestic
musical analysis and content. Composer considers this one of his best works. work with band accompaniment. Based on an old Czech chant, SVATY: VA:CLAVE,
Sym Band AP-611 Set $60.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 8>12 which Nelhybel used time and time again in his compositions, including his first band
work, Chorale. Commissioned originally for organ and trombone and later transcribed
Invention No. 3, Joel Blahnik A two-movement work beginning with a long for band by the composer. Elegance of counterpoint and fusion! ||A gorgeous piece!\\
sustained 3-note fanfare motif which gradually builds as a 32-measure crescendo. It Solo Instr & Sym Band AP-613 Set $50.00 Sc $10.00 Gr 3-4 3>32
then explodes into a stirring climax which moves into a quick tempo excursion of
Shadow Play, Jim Scheuer Shadow Play is a composition based on gamelan
witty, playful, musical dialogue with hand-clapping¶pentatonic improvisation. Very
music from Bali, an island which is part of Indonesia. This work is the type used for a
appealing! Sym Band AP-604 Set $50.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 6>00 Balinese puppet show known as a shadow play. An ideal cross-curricular teaching
piece, this work in the pentatonic D-minor scale lends itself to use as an
Little Dancer ¶ Mala; tanec“nice (Bolero), Jan Pavel Little Dancer is
improvisational and¶or compositional tool and as a starting point for the use of these
a well crafted miniature profile of a bolero dance, somewhat akin to the well-known
scales in indigenous and folk music of many cultures. A minimum of six percussion
Bolero by Maurice Ravel. As a compact 4 minute work cast with economical
players is required and are mainly ostinatos. Brass and woodwinds perform Balinese
technical demands, Little Dancer has a refreshing harmonic flavor because of the
flute parts and a chant melody as well as some of the gamelan ostinatos and parts
accidentals in the melodic line which twists and turns in a most interesting way,
meant to evoke an image of the island of Bali.
giving the »little dance\ life and energy. It builds towards a climactic ending via key
Sym Band AP-676 Set $75.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 6>30
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Slavic Miniatures, Joel Blahnâk A suite in 5 movements employing Waltz and Polka Gala for Concert Band, Joel Blahnik
Slavic (Russian¶Czech) musical motifs in the style of a small symphony. Each Waltz and Polka Gala s a tribute to the melodiousness of the wonderful folk band
movement is a separate entity and may be combined with any other movement. music from the Czech lands. Combining the elegance of the waltz and the regality of
Drama, lyricism, and layering of folk songs provides an intriguing sound spectrum the concert polka form, born in Bohemia, this 9>30 concert setting provides great joy
enhanced with tasteful percussion. ||A major work...outstanding literature!\\ Perfect and a sense of beauty to those who experience it. Arranger Blahnik approached these
tool for teaching history and cultures. Bohemian melodies as |artful\ concert music, which has been a strong tradition now in
Sym Band AP-615 Set $95.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 3 15>20 the Czech lands since the 1970s. These simple dance forms have taken on a new ele
gance since that time and bands playing them there find that their audience does not so
Star-Spangled Banner, arr. Joel Blahnik (Concert Eb edition) much dance to their music, but rather listen and sing along. Blahnik has |dressed up\
Arrangement for symphonic band in concert Eb which allows the band tone to be the music in a semi-classical folk style to the satisfaction of musicians and audience
vibrantly alive and enables audiences to comfortably sing along. Practical!
alike. This work is a sequel to Polka Pageant and to Hallmark —previous composition
Sym Band AP-625 Set $25.00 Sc $5.00 Gr 3-4 1>20
al arrangements of this style by Blahnik. This arrangement is well suited for outdoor
performances or for folks who wish to dance. For the concert hall stage, the conductor
Sunrise ¶ Svâtanâ for Symphonic Band, Jan Pavel Sunrise is a
may wish to do some |thinning\ of the instrumental textures. Hidden humor, a strong
delicate caricature, beginning and building with solo¶soli action in a very sensitive
and sensible manner. Melodic lines flow weightlessly as early morning rays of sun Czech trait, is incorporated into the music. Enjoyable music—fun to perform and fun to
shine and then combine in intensity as if into a vivid ball of fire. Like vibrating listen to!!! Sym Band AP-6041 Set $85.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 3 6>00
rays of light, represented by the opening 3¶4 section to a 2¶4 section and then back to
3¶4 with modulations, this 3-minute work possesses a beautiful flavor of drama and • Grade 4
sunshine. Excellent contest material.
Sym Band AP-645 Set $85.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 3-4 3>02
Abide With Me, Robert Levy
The Premier, Edward Llewellyn¶arr. James Moyer Abide with Me, a 9-minute work, presents a variety of musical devices around this
grand traditional hymn. Composer Levy has crafted a most interesting weaving of
The Premier polka by Edward Llewellyn dates back to around 1940 when similar musical motives into a panorama which engages 6 percussion parts plus timpani. The
works by this composer were published. This xylophone solo accompanied by concert band also hums and then sings towards the conclusion of this work. Unlike traditional
«||novelty\\ piece popular in Vaudeville during the 1920\s. It is to be played in strict band settings, this work is not straight-forward, but rather a web cleverly designed to
tempo, except for the cadenzas which are left to the performer\s discretion to vary present new musical experiences.
tempo and dynamics. Professional percussionist Moyer provides bands with a taste of
Concert Band AP-6000 Set $95.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 4 9>05
American musical history in The Premier. Gr 3¶5 Soloist 4>00
Xylophone & Concert Band AP-6013 $90.00 Sc $20.00 Adagio for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jir“â Laburda
A magnificent work! A musical diamond! It is master-composer LaBurda\s
Three Chorales for Band, James D. Thorton first experience in writing for symphonic band and presents itself as an incredible gem
These chorale preludes are diamonds exploring the great variety of instrumental choir of sensitivity and emotion. It was the composer\s intent to dramatize the color and
and voicing combinations inherent in the symphonic band. Integral to the realization warmth of winds. Tenderness prevails. Control of tone and tuning is vital in this
of these preludes is the graceful handling of musical ideas striving to gracefully |pass heart-rendering piece by this South Bohemian Czech composer. In our world of winds
the baton\ to the ensuing ensemble. Chorale I by Bernardo Pasquini 1637-1710 dia and percussion, Adagio is a work of significant stature.
logues between woodwind and brass choirs. Chorale II by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; 1840- Sym Band AP-656 Set $90.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 4 4>30
1893 features wonderful phrasing. Chorale III by G F Handel 1685-1759 explores var
ious combinations of instruments speaking in 3¶2 time with a bit more independent America, My Country, Robert J. Dvorak A veritable ||operation
work. Dynamics and spacing are important ingredients in this setting. These Chorale goose-bumps\\ composition which uses Taps, the rhythmic and melodic figures of
preludes do much to enhance tone quality, intonation, as well as musical phrasing in Yankee Doodle, and America, the Bautiful, as its basic thematic material. Incorporates
a band. They are romantic and emotive in character and should be appproached audience singing and an off-stage choir of trpts and trbns.
freely and with great artistic liberty! Elegant music!
Sym Band AP-661 Set $95.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 4 13>00
Sym Band AP-684 Set $75.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 6>00
Battalia for Band, (8 mvts) H I F Biber ¶ arr. Joel Blahnâk A descrip
Three Marches for Dr. Kabyl, Jan Vic“ar (Vihtch-are) (1. General tive battle suite written in 1673 employing many unusual sound effects and polytonal
McCook 2. Pixie 3. Walking Whales in Washington) Three delightful, ity. Highest review from Instrumentalist magazine. Was on WSMA class A band list.
program`matic pieces for marching band which were composed during a 1999 Sym Band AP-609 Set $60.00 Sc $10.00 Gr 4 9>30
Fulbright year spent at St. Cloud State University MN by Jan Vic“ar from the Czech
Republic. Linked together by the curious history of Dr Kabyl who was an American Celebration of Praise, Joel Blahnik Antiphonal instruments¶choirs are
enigma, the composition takes on musical characteristics appropriate to the Kabyl employed in a development of well-known hymn tunes in dialogue and counterpoint
personality. The Czech Moravian spirit of wit and the wonderful craziness of Dr. with each other. A festive work! Commissioned by Lakeland College for the 125th
anniversary of the college and dedication of Bradley Arts Center.
Kabyl lives on via the musical craft of Jan Vic“ar. Each march celebrates the Kabyl
character with sheer abandonment through singing, whistles, percussion punches,
Sym Band AP-608 Set $95.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4 8>00
sparkling dissonances of melodic fragments at 1¶2 step intervals, all creating a
champagne of sheer musical frolic!! Perfect for marching band satires, encores,
Christmas Rhapsody (Medley of Czech Carols), arr. Joel Blahnâk
A very charming and appealing medley of Christmas carols from the area known
children\s programs, political rallies, and scores of other events, Three Marches will as |The Czech Paradise\ of North Bohemia in the Czech Republic. 2-part singing
bring smiles of joy and laughter! Bravo! either in Czech or English by vocalists or a choir adds significantly, but may be
Sym Band AP-646 Set $90.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 3-4 6>56 optional. Beautiful melodies with a lyricism that makes the music almost play itself.
Lots of variety and color in the percussion. A welcome new work for December
Triphonics for 3 Wind Choirs, Czernohorsky; ¶ Blahnâk concerts! Heart warming! Sym Band & 2 SA Singers, optl
This effective work is adapted from the Czech Baroque era (1712) choral score by AP-607 Set $110.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 4 12>00
Czernohorsky;. It is scored for the 3 wind choirs of the symphonic band—conical
and cylindrical brass choirs, supported by the woodwind choir. No percussion. In Concertino, Evz“en Za;mec“nâk With this work, history has provided us with
style of Gabrieli, yet Mozartian. It offers the potential for effective staging. a reversal of the common practice of having solo wind instruments accompanied by
Sym Band AP-605 Set $60.00 Sc $10.00 Gr 3-4 2>40 strings. Za;mec“nâk, himself a wonderful violinist, who also loves the wind band
medium, rose to the challenge of having a solo string instrument supported by a
Two Biblical Songs for Band, Antonân Dvor“a;k¶arr. Grotenhuis wind orchestra. Clever are his concepts of scoring for the violin so that the weight
of the winds compliment and provide accoustical space for the solo violin. They
This is a band arrangement of two of the most famous of Dvor“a;k\s cycle, Biblical
serve as punctuation and provide an interesting texture against which the violin can
Songs for Soloist and Piano—God is My Shepherd and I Will Sing New Songs of
dance. Cast in 3 movements—Preludio, Blues & Finale—Concertino has an easy
Gladness. Accessible music which broadens the repertoire for wind bands and jazz character. It is the conviction of the composer that string instruments can also
acquaints musicians with the breadth of this world-class composer\s works and gives create a jazz atmosphere even when the solo part keeps its classical style of tech
local sax soloists opportunities to shine. nique, accents and virtuosity. Premiere was in Prague 1999. A most ingeniously
Alto Sax Solo & Band AP-668 Set $65.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 3 4>15 conceived composition!
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Concerto for Trombone and Band, Robert James Dvorak long crescendos that give rise and power to the music. Perfect for outdoor functions and pro-
While serving in the US Military Band stationed at West Point, NY, Sergeant Robert cessionals. No tricks, fine harmony and solid scoring Tempo \112\. A winner!
Dvorak discovered a book about the ancient Roman army in the Academy library. Concert Band AP-6007 Set $65.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4 2>38
Fascinated by descriptions of the brass and percussion instruments used regularly in
war and peace times by the Romans, he wrote the Concerto for Trombone and Band Little Humoresque¶Mala; humorestic“ka, Zdene“k Luka;s“
to depict Roman soldiers on parade. The ideal soloist for this concerto would be a Luka;s“]\ 3-minute |firecracker\ work for clarinet and bassoon soloists with chamber band
strong player capable of producing tones that would do good service to Wagner\s ensemble is a humorous work—Luka;s“ last work for band written in Jilove; cottage in
operas. Mahler\s symphonies, or to the Richard Strauss tone poems. Perhaps using a 2006. It was inspired by the image of a restless little vixen and a naughty little hedge
bass trombone might be considered. The music should not be played too fast. The hog having sordid desires chasing her and all before the eyes of a little band playing at
the castle with the aid of the little warriors of God. (A reference to the Hussites castle
Roman soldiers carried over 200 lbs. of armor on their bodies and military drums
in Tabor). Typical Luka;s“ humor! It was was premieried by Col. Va;clav Blahunek and
kept them marching at a steady tempo as they traversed the mighty Roman Empire
the Prague Castle Guard Band at the Rudofinum for the March 2009 Prague Premieres
approximately forty miles per day! The solo trombone begins the work< it ends
with a rousing finale. Sym Band AP-666 Set $80 Sc $20. Gr 4 5>00 Festival. AP-6023 Set $65.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4 2>15
Easter Sunrise for Concert Band, Joel Blahnâk Little Concerto for Wind Band¶Koncertnâ miniatura, Jan Pavel
Easter Sunrise is an 8-movement work in the form of a theme and variations based Little Concerto is a 2 minute excursion of technical delight and musical wit. Meter
upon the familiar Mode I plainchant Easter Sequence, Victimae Paschali Laudes. alternations of 6¶8 to 8¶8 provide interest, variety and life to this brilliant gem.
Interesting soloistic flurries are supported by tasteful 4-part percussion
Each movement depicts an element of the Easter Triduum. Besides playing tutti, writing. Inventive canonic interplay provides direction and the development of clear
families of instruments, eg. saxophone trio, percussion, woodwinds and brass have melodic ideas. Elements of chromaticism provide motion and emotion. Little
their own movements thus providing a rich variety of tonal color to the elegantly Concerto is a kaleidescopic work filled with changes of motion and meter, making it
beautiful and powerful work. a most worthy musical tour de force. Very appealing. Perfect for a contest opener,
Sym Band AP-679 Set $85.00 Sc $20.00 Gr 4 17>34 midway in a program for »spice,\ or as a program closer. Clever composition!
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Florentiner March, op. 214, Julius Fuc“âk¶arr. Joel Blahnâk
This terrific march has been edited by Blahnik to bring to the fore the authentic Nostalgia, Amy Dunker Nostalgia begins in a Coplandesque style and
Czech style of this musical gem based on his conducting of the work in the Czech looks back nostalgically on the good parts of the era of the 1940s in America.
Republic many times in recent years. Fuc“âk, as a Czech, is thought of as a parallel to Concert Band AP-6031 Set $80.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 4 9>00
America\s Sousa. Under the Austrian-Hungarian regime, Fuc“âk spent most of his
professional residency as bandmaster in Hungary. He had as his teacher in the Overture for Symphonic Winds & Percussion, Jir“â Laburda
Prague Conservatory none other that the legendary Antonân Dvor“a;k whose daughter Overture is the Mvt 1 of Symphony No. 2 for Symphonic Wind Ensemble and
became Fuc“âk\s wife. A gifted composer in many forms of music, it is this brilliant Percussion by Laburda which received its world premiere by the Indiana Winds
march for which he is best known throughout the world. Enjoy! Symphony, Charles Conrad, conductor, on October 8, 2005. It is a companion to
Adagio (mvt 2) and Scherzo and Finale (mvts 3&4). Laburda has crafted wonderful
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musical diamonds of sensitivity and emotion. It was the composer\s intent to portray
the color and warmth of the winds. Tenderness and clarity prevail. A bright tempo
From Tender Stem, Joel Blahnik A sensitive artistic work for symphonic
energizes this opening work of Symphony No. 2. A work of its own worth.
band employing a »band within a band\ concept designed for high school
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performances with the optional opportunity of having junior high and elementary `
band students perform together. Perfect for festivals and year-end concerts where all
musicians from a community can combine in a work of musical substance. A one-
Pater Noster for Symphonic Band, Jacob Handl ¶ arr. J. Blahnâk
movement work in 5 sections of two alternating tempos—slow, fast, slow, fast, A masterpiece of polyphonic music from the pen of 16th c Slovenian composer,
Jacob Handl, who spent most of his life in Prague. This band edition challenges
slow—including unison singing, provide the work with drama, depth and beauty. A
all players to ||sing through\\ their instruments because of the independent melodic
composition of dramatic impact employing active percussion!
lines typical of Renaissance counterpoint. The work may be performed by full
Sym Band AP-626 Set $80.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 2 & 4 8>55 band alone or in any of the following chamber music combinations> WW Choir,
Sax Choir, Brass Choir, Brass & Sax Choirs, or Brass & WW Choirs.
Fugue and Variations in F, Jan Pavel Sym Band or Instl Ens AP-639 Set $65.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4 3>09
A technically brilliant work which would challenge any top wind band. The work
reminds one of the opening of the Overture to the Bartered Bride by Smetana, with
the constant flurry of 16th notes.....dazzling technic!! This concept along with a
Pax Vobis, Julius Fuc“âk¶ed. Jaroslav Zeman
Pax Vobis, op. 281 by Julius Fuc“âk is a richly scored funeral march for symphonic
wonderful chromatic theme gives real character to this piece which was originally
band. Fuc“âk, commonly known as the Czech Republic\s |John Philip Sousa\ was an
composed for piano. In this fashion, a bit of Bach is reflected but with a more daring
incredibly gifted musician who raised the military band to a high concert band activity
theme and development. The highly crafted 4>40 work is a |musical tour de force\ of during the Austro-Hungarian regime of the19th and 20th centuries. As a professional
technical and fugal development. Percussion writing is modest, because of the nature bassoonist, he wrote a great deal of chamber music. Classically trained (Antonân
of the music. Smart, smart music! Dvor“a;k was his teacher at the Prague Conservatory), Fuc“âk applied his musicianship to
Sym Band AP-6664 Set $85.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 4 4>40 the required military duty and developed the classic |European March.\ Since his con
cert band music is unknown in the West, this work should be of great interest. It is the
Green Bay Packers\ Fight Song, arr. Joel Blahnâk A |quick-step\ work of a self-motivated genius who knew what he wanted to do and did it. Pax Vobis
arrangement perfect for a time-out at football or basketball games or as an |energy is a solid work full of tonal colors done with an elegant craft and regal in its rendering
rouser\ at other festivities. Published in grade 2 and grade 4 formats which may be of dignity. The march lies in ABA form, common in the European tradition. In the
performed together allowing younger musicians to join the high schoolers! Perfect Czech Republic today, Pax Vobis serves as the official funeral march played for
Pep Band material! all state funerals by the Czech military and police bands.
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Heroic Overture for Concert Band, John C Harmon Scherzo & Finale, Jir“â Laburda
Written in memory of all who gave their lives to help others on the fateful day of Scherzo has two themes—the first is a light and playfully graceful march while the
9-11-01 at the World Trade Center in New York City. This work highlights the second, played by the clarinets and bass clainets, is more introverted and thoughtful.
majestic nature of the heroism displayed by the generosity, including life itself, of so A broad middle section introduced by the trumpets and horns brings us back to a
many people attempting to rescue the victims of this national disaster. It concludes restatement of the first two themes and a brilliant coda based on the first theme. The
in a gentle calm legato style filled with a reverence before mystery experienced with Finale begins with a mysterious, slithery melody that gradually leads through several
in tragedy. Sym Band AP-682 Set $75.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4 3>30 short episodes to a grand and triumphal theme that will characterize the remainder of
the work. (These works are mvts 3 & 4 of Laburda\s Symphony No. 2 for Concert
Liberation March ¶ Osvobozenâ, Oldr“ich Semera;k Band.) The Indiana Wind Symphony presented the premier performance of this inter
Composed in 1975 by Semera;k to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ||liberation of esting addition to the serious band repertoire October 5, 2005, Charles Conrad, cdtr.
the Czech city of Plzen\\“ from the Nazis by the Allied Army, this work was never Concert Band AP-677 Set $110.00 Sc $30.00 Gr 4 11>30
performed during the communist era and lay dormant until Joel Blahnik discovered it.
Working with the composer, Blahnk endorsed its publication and conducted its pre Sinfonietta Fanfare, Leos“ Jana;c“ek ¶ arr. Joel Blahnâk This classic
miere on May 5th, 2005 at the 50th anniversary Liberation Concert in Plzen, Czech fanfare from Sinfonietta was destined to be written for band. Originally composed in
Republic. Liberaton March is in ABA form with a solid sense of freedom and uplifti 1926 as The Soldier\s Symphony, Jana;c“ek changed the title to A Military Symphony
ing joy. It is solid tutti scoring with an excellent mellow B section having wonderfully for its premiere at a Sokol Festival in Vienna. Perhaps this was because Jana;c“ek was
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a flaming patriot and drew his creative energies from Czech subject matter. Valse di Ballo, Jir“â Laburda
Sinfonietta employed winds and percussion more than strings and was an example of Completed in 2005, Valse di Ballo is a miniature set of waltzes in the tradition of the
Jana;c“ek\s finest instrumental writing. Since the original orchestral opening fanfare great Viennese works by Strauss, Waldteufel and others. It begins and ends in the key
was scored for nine trumpets, transcribing it for the wind band took a bit of study of F with the same waltz melody. There are four intervening waltz episodes, each in a
and imagination. The spirit and power of the fanfare remain even though there different key and with a different feel to the orchestration. The Indianapolis Youth
may be a slight change in timbre. The strength and nobility still prevail in this Wind Ensemble under Charles Conrad, premiered this work to whom it is dedicated,
rousing rendition. October 9, 2005.
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Six Ceremonial Fanfares, Joel Blahnik Fanfares scored in marching
Waltz for Concert Band, Pavel Rabas
band style from 8 - 60 seconds in length. Usable for concert or outdoor ceremonies.
A unique composition! a waltz which does not feel like a waltz! There is not the tradi
Very effective with varying styles. Can be performed by brass and percussion alone.
tional feeling of ONE, two, three, ONE, two, three. but rather the experience of regal
Sym Band AP-612 Set $20.00 Sc $6.00 Gr 4 2>00 concert music set in 3¶4 time! This elegant 5>17 musical work would be an ideal concert
piece for high school band festivals —a work so different than anything else written in
Sla;va! A Celebration for Band, Joel Blahnâk A composition in 3
America for schools bands. The music is lyrical, moving in fine horizontal lines which
continuous movements—Callings, Contemplation and Celebration, dramatically
is supplemented with arpeggios in upper woodwinds. It is well-contoured with dynam
profiling rainbows of timbre. Based upon a 4-note motif, Slava! is a compelling work ics and phrase markings and for variety, some solo, soli sections. Few pages of the
completely riveting the listener\s attention with its variety of alternating, stunning, score are full tutti, hence a lot of instrumental coloring is presented.
musical textures. Wonderful program opener¶closer providing bold tension and Sym Band AP-6036 Set $70.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4+ 5>17
release. Sym Band AP-619 Set $80.00 Sc $15.00 Gr. 4-5 8>00
Suite for Band, Guy A Kelpin A highly imaginative, creative, five-move
ment work based on the characteristics of gods from Greek mythology—Ares, Pan,
Hermes, Morpheus and Apollo. The piece is a survey of several methods of 20th-
century composition, including serialism, polytonality, use of church modes, mixed
meters, and a creative approach to instrumentation. These techniques, used as
resources to capture images inspired by the mythology, bring about Maestoso,
Adagio misterioso¶ Tempo di Panic¶Adagio, Vivace scherzando, Largo misterioso,
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Territories for Band, Dan Maske A lengthy introduction begins this four
section-work where each one acts like a movement, or unique musical territory.
Three of the territories are governed by their own theme while the final one uses all
the themes, either working with each other or against each other, as if rulers were
dueling with rivals in their respective territories. This work, commissioned by
Thomas Dvorak and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Junior Wind Ensemble, was
premiered in October at the 1998 Wisconsin Music Educators Association\s
Conference in Madison, WI.
Sym Band AP-650 Set $145.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 4-5 8>00
The Knight\s Arrival, Dan Maske (Fanfare for Winds and Percussion)
While exhibiting exciting statements in the brass and percussion, this work uniquely
features the woodwinds in a fanfare setting which is extraordinary! A work
commissioned by Frederick Schmidt and the St Norbert College Wind Ensemble and
premiered at the 1999 Wisconsin Music Educators Association Conference.
Sym Band AP-649 Set $75.00 Sc $15.00 Gr 4-5 3>00
The Rising Cathedral, Robert Dvorak
The Rising Cathedral was written in 1943 while the composer was stationed with the
USMA Band at West Point, NY. It was first performed by Louis M B;laha. conductor
of the JS Morton High School band in Cicero, IL, Dvorak\s alma mater. The music
describes a mysterious mythical cathedral rising slowly from the waters of a lake. Fast Service
The giant bells gradually become louder as each player helps to bring the magic
cathedral to the surface. It\s an interesting program work that especially young people Call
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\Tis of Thee, Robert J. Dvorak Fax
Based upon an old Scottish tune used in march form by British and American mili
tary music units since pre-Revolutionary War days, this composition was composed
for the 1976 Bicentennial year and premiered by Christopher Izzo in Macomb, IL
with the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble and later with the All-State
Wind Ensemble in New York. Enjoyable for players and audience alike, it is ideally
suited for concert programs. Light-hearted throughout, it remains buoyant from www.apimusic.org
beginning to end.
Sym Band AP-663 Set $80.00 Sc $25.00 Gr 4 5>00
Trilogy for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble, John Harmon DISCOVER and
Trilogy, consists of three independent works—Secrets (7>34), A Father\s Dream American Express Cards accepted.
(4>14) and Rustic Dance (7>30). It is a scintillating challenge from John Harmon,
known as »»Wisconsin \s gentle poet of jazz\\. As a trilogy, contrasting moods are
wonderfully portrayed by this master composer. It was premiered by the famed
trumpet soloist, Bobby Shew, with the Verona High School Symphonic Band. An
ideal work to feature a professional soloist giving your ensemble a 20-minute musi
cal journey. Trumpet Solo and Sym Band AP-620 Set $250.00
Sc $50.00 Gr 4-5¶ 6 Trp 20>00