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Score Only. For Parts, visit: A sweet and simple song that calls for unity. UMOJA (Swahili for “unity”) was originally a composition for women’s choir to... More > celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa. It later became a signature anthem for the woodwind quintet ensemble Imani Winds and was listed as one of the “Top 100 American Works” by Chamber Music America. UMOJA features a simple, elegant melody repeated throughout accompanied by infectuous layers of rhythms and harmonies from the African diaspora. The meter dances between the written 3/4 and implied 6/8 time, always lilting joyfully under one large beat. The result is a charming and uplifting divertissement that can be performed at any time of the year, regardless of season. This version of Umoja is for a large ensemble of woodwinds. (2fl,2ob,2cl, 4sax,2hrn,2bsn)< Less
Goin' Uptown for Flute Choir By VALERIE COLEMAN
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**SCORE ONLY*** Goin’ Uptown is a lively scherzo that joyfully describes all the many ways a person travels through a city. It begins with an image of rush hour traffic through a syncopated 8th... More > note ostinato pattern played by the piccolo. As each flutist joins in with the same bouncy rhythm, there is a sense of travelers packing into a subway car heading to work. The solo part has a capricious, spicy nature that dances through passages of jazz and Afro-Cuban music throughout, fueled by a network of intricate rhythms within the background that form a fun groove when locked into place. The result is a toe tapping feel that gives a modern approach to being in a drum circle, ending with an blues improvised ‘last word’ from the soloist. Goin’ Uptown is recommended for advanced ensembles.< Less
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Rubispheres is a series of chamber trios depicting urban life and landscapes in the world. The first three Rubispheres of the series features wind trio (flute, clarinet and bassoon) in a set of... More > exciting hip, rhythmic and virtuosic outer movements dedicated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and soulful song for Washington Heights at night. In concert, the entire set is about 15 minutes duration.< Less
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Portraits of Langston is a 6 movement 'tour de force' with optional narrator, and is based on the poems of Langston Hughes, his life as an expatriot in Paris and Harlem. For the best impact, it is... More > recommended (but not necessary) to perform it with narrator, reading selected Langston Hughes' poems. Duration: 16 minutes without narrator, est. 22 minutes with narrator.< Less

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