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#012-4022-00   Concert Band

Benjamin Franklin and the Art of Music

Robert W. Smith
Released: 2011
Grade: 3½
Performance Time: 6:13
Series: Concert Band

Benjamin Franklinís love for the art of music was well documented in American history. Robert W. Smith has selected three musical moments in Ben Franklinís life and created this unique composition for the concert band. Beginning with a setting of "My Plain Country Joan." a song composed as an anniversary gift to his wife, Franklinís jovial personality is evident through the timelessness of his music. The second section is based on Franklinís glass armonica. The delicate and ethereal sounds of this beautiful instrument provide a quiet moment of reflection for all. The finale is based on Franklinís "magic squares." an arrangement of numbers in a square where all rows, columns and diagonals add to the same sum. Robert W. Smith extracted the melody based on the numeric sequence in a 3 x 3 magic square. The resulting musical statement and fugue truly shows the close relationship between mathematics and music. An amazing concept, an amazing cross-curricular piece!
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  Stock # Price
012-4022-00 $72.00
Extra full score 012-4022-01 $7.00
Extra individual part (each) 012-4022-80 $3.00
CD: Joyance! WFR373 $14.95

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