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By: Dave Hanson
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 4 1/2 Samba/Swing Tempo = 114 $56.00
“Marmalada" is a samba-style tune based on a well known set of chord changes. The melody is first stated in octaves by piano, then taken up by the saxes in thirds, all with crisp brass punctuations. Alternating octave statements by brass and saxes lead to a sax soli over the form of the tune. The piano is the featured soloist with punchy brass backgrounds. After a rousing shout, the theme returns. Then a bluesy tag ending builds toward the final climax.
For this piano feature the soloist should woodshed the important octave licks in measures 9 – 41. Practice with a metronome at a slow tempo and work up to the correct tempo. The pianist as well as the entire band, should maintain an even 8th samba feel, being careful not to swing the figures. This goes for the entire band as well. However in measure 76 saxes and rhythm section should be sure to switch to swing feel. Once again, saxes should practice the soli under tempo and work their way gradually to the intended tempo which is half note equals 114. The return the samba feel and even eight notes occurs at measure 111.
Take note of all repeats in the coda. Each repeat is important and should be building throughout this passage. An easy way to extend the piano solo is by simply repeating repeats. This is at the discretion of the director. This original is a bit of a challenge for most high school bands, but offers a learning curve that will last long after the performance.
Top note for trumpet is D above the staff