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Principal Brothers No. 3

Composer: James Lee III

Publisher: Subito Music

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Instrumentation:
Movement/Section Duration: 5.75
I. Calmly 2.5
II. Playful 2
III. Con spirito 1.25
  • The world premiere was performed by Anthony McGill in the Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, USA on October 11, 2020.

    Program note, from composer James Lee III:

    "The year 2020 has definitely been a very challenging year with many upheavals. During this time of the COVID-19 health crisis, wearing masks, and high racial tensions, I decided to compose four short solo woodwind works for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, which represent the core woodwind section in an orchestra. I was inspired to compose these short pieces after I first heard Igor Stravinsky's three short pieces for clarinet, which totals a little more than four minutes in duration. I thought that it would be nice to highlight and honor my African-American male colleagues in the orchestral music world. I wanted to celebrate the fact that they are the principal player in the section of their respective orchestras. The short pieces are as follows: Principal Brother No. 1 for flute solo for Demarre McGill, Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Principal Brother No. 2 for oboe solo for Titus Underwood, Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Principal Brother No. 3 for clarinet solo for Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, and Principal Brother No. 4 for bassoon solo for Bryan Young, Principal Bassoon of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. These works all begin with notes that are representative of their name; D for Demarre, B for Titus (ti in solfège starting on C), A for Anthony, and Bb for Bryan. There is also a rhythmic figure in the opening measures of each piece, which represent the utterance of their names. All four of these works are rhapsodic in nature with elements of improvisation. "


    Quick facts
    Range: highest pitch = written A6
    Key signature: no ♯/♭
    Time signature: 3/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 5/8, 6/8, 10/8
    Extended techniques: flutter tongue (2 mm.), pitch bend

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  • Pages: 6

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    Publisher Code: 94010763

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    Length: 30.5 cm

    Width: 22.5 cm

    Thickness: 0.132 cm


    Weight: 56 g