This march opens with an introduction that foreshadows the main theme. The clarinets, flutes and piccolos introduce the main theme with a woodblock keeping time and the low woodwinds playing the bass line. The euphoniums and horns play a counter-melody that sways like the branches of a tree in a summer wind.
As the main theme repeats, we add more instruments, until the entire band is playing, including an additional counter-melody played by the trombones, second and third trumpets, and tenor saxes.
Any Elburn resident will tell you that it is common for your commuting, shopping, or errand-running to be held up a bit as all traffic on both Highway 47 and First Street stops to allow the passage of a freight train on the busy Union Pacific main line running between Chicago and the west coast. This scene is depicted in the march.
After the train rolls through, the trumpets and horns play a dramatic theme accompanied by the rest of the brass and snare drum. During the second playing of this theme, the piccolos play a descant, turning our drum-and-bugle corps into a fife-and-drum-and-bugle corps.
A somewhat longer reprise of the introduction leads back to the main theme, played by the full band.
The piece ends with yet another reprise of the introduction.
THE VILLAGE OF ELBURN by Tom Kirkland, for concert band, comes in a pdf file of 949K, including a twenty-eight page score, twenty two-page parts, one three-page part, and a license page, seventy-two pages in all. Performance time should be about three minutes.
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