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Air for Band

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Cindy Althuis

on 26 July 2013

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Transcript of Air for Band

Air (for Band)
Air (for Band)
Frank Erickson

Composed in 1956 (early in
Erickson's career)

Erickson wanted to create a piece of music for a young band that was educational

Simply written but challenging because of long phrases

Expressive, Legato, and the tempo can be stretched.

It uses Binary Form.
-has an "A" section and a "B" section that alternates throughout the song.
Frank Erickson
Other Compositions By Erickson
Night Watch

Rhythm of the Winds

Variations on a Folk Song

Symphony for Band (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)

Flute (oboe double) Trumpet
Clarinet Horn
Bass clarinet Baritone
Bassoon Trombone
Alto Sax Tuba (String Bass)
Tenor Sax Snare
Baritone Sax Cymbals
Things to know
E flat and C

Mezzo Piano
Cresc Poco a Poco


Born in Spokane, WA in 1923

He started his musical career by taking piano lessons.

At the age of 10 He took private lessons on Trumpet
because most public schools didn't have beginning bands.

He played trumpet in high school as well as professionally
with local dance bands.
A Theme
Clarinets introduce the "A" theme in m. 1-8
The theme has a natural climax om the third measure on the Eb.

The theme is later restated by the flutes, clarinets, and 1st trumpet.
B Theme
The "B" theme is an elaboration of the above measure played by the saxophones, horns, and trombones
Binary Form consists of 2 themes marked A and B that alternate throughout the piece.
Cookie - A
Cream - B
Cookie - A
Milk- Coda
Try it out!
Let's sing Twinkle Twinkle.
Do you hear an A section and a B section?
Where are the sections?
In Air for Band, Erickson developed the B section material from a measure in the A section.

Does the same thing happen in Twinkle Twinkle?
What did we learn?
Who is the composer for Air for Band?

What styles or terms will we need to utilize for this piece?

What form is in this piece?

Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Vol. 1

Frank Erickson and His Music: A Biography, Analysis and Selected Composition and Catalogue. By Pamala Joy Arwood.

Frank Erickson Was Born in Spokane Washington.
Erickson Composed Air for Band
World War II Begins
Alaska and Hawaii Become states
Miss. A was born!
We perform this at the Spring Concert
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