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    • Order numbers: AM 54-010
      Hal Leonard # 4000125
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra
    • Duration: 12'
    • Grade: 5
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La Quintessenza

Johan de Meij

La Quintessenza is a musical approach of the quintessence, the heart of the matter. By focusing a five note motif in a number of variants, De Meij tries to get through to the essence of the musical matter. The core of the composition is a lyrical middle part (Arioso), preceded by an opening fanfare for brass (Introduzione) and a burlesque variant on the same motif (Capriccio). In the fourth part (Alla Marcia) this main motif is only used as an ambient signal, and in the Finale the opening theme is repeated so the musical walk-round is complete.

“La Quintessenza” was commissioned by the Carroll County Public Schools (Maryland - USA) and was premiered by the Carroll County All State Band, conducted by Harlan Parker, in Westminster on 28 February 1998. The first European performance was given by the Royal Dutch Military Band (Koninklijke Militaire Kapel), conducted by Pieter Jansen, at the annual Red Cross Concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 15 May 1998.

“La Quintessenza” is a revised version of the composition “Pentagram” (for fanfare band) dating from 1990. This work was re-orchestrated for symphonic band at the commissioners’ request.

1. Piccolo
4. Flutes I
4. Flutes II
2. Oboes I/II
1. English Horn (F)
2. Bassoons I/II
1. Eb Clarinet
6. Bb Clarinet I
6. Bb Clarinet II
6. Bb Clarinet III
1. Eb Alto Clarinet
1. Bb Bass Clarinet
2. Eb Alto Sax I
2. Eb Alto Sax II
2. Bb Tenor Sax
1. Eb Baritone Sax

3. F Horn I/III
3. F Horn II/IV
2. Bb Trumpet I
2. Bb Trumpet II
2. Bb Trumpet III
2. Bb Trumpet IV
2. Trombone I (C)
2. Trombone II (C)
2. Trombone III (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium B.C. (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium T.C. (Bb)
4. Basses (C)
1. String Bass
1. Timpani
4. Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Susp. Cymbal, 2 Cymbals, Triangle, Temple Block,
Tam-Tam [Gong], Tom-tom, Tambourine, Castanets.
3. Mallets - Bells, Vibraphone, Marimba, Xylophone, Tubular Bells
2. Piano & Harp

Additional Parts [for European countries only]
2. Eb Horn I/III
2. Eb Horn II/IV
2. Bb Trombone I (T.C. & B.C.)
2. Bb Trombone II  (T.C. & B.C.)
2. Bb Trombone III  (T.C. & B.C.)
2. Bb Baritone/Euph. (B.C.)
2. Eb Bass Tuba  (T.C. & B.C.)
3. Bb Bass Tuba (T.C. & B.C.)

Translations: Francis Pieters, Kortrijk (B)
© 1998 Amstel Music - Amsterdam