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CAMBRIDGE BLUE

by Brandon Nelson

Symphonic Band Series

GRADE 4 - Medium Advanced

Bringing together and celebrating both the storied past and bright future of music at Cambridge, this piece was commissioned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the University of Cambridge Concert Band.  

“Cambridge blue” is the official university color. Nelson uses blues scale, to form the pitch basis of the composition. The scale, however, is not generally used in its traditional sense but is instead explored from different angles, varying the order and harmonic presentation of the tones to create a distinctive, fresh sound that is, at its foundation, based in tradition.

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