Cootamundra Music

Publications for Woodwind Ensemble or Junior Concert Band

PSBR 01   Tattersall Ma Tovu

Level 1                                                    Score and parts            $50.00

 Ma Tovu is one of a series of works for small and perhaps poorly balanced primary (or lower secondary) school wind groups. The only essential parts are Flute 1, Clarinet 1, and Alto Sax 1. The other parts may all be added freely (i.e. any combination should be satisfactory) though it is assumed that the group will be stronger in upper woodwind than any other section. The non-essential parts do not simply double the essential parts but enrich the harmonies, add countermelodies and help build the dynamic shape: the more complete and balanced the band, the more effective the piece will become.
All clarinets stay below the break, and ranges of the other instruments are similarly limited. Rhythms are simple but a comparatively high level of rhythmic independence is required.

The theme is known in Hebrew as 'Ma Tovu' and in English as 'What a Goodly Thing' ( '... If the children of all men/Could sing together/In peace.').

PSBR 02   McCormick arr. Tattersall Advance Australia Fair                 

Level 1 ½                                         Score and parts            $50.00

Our national anthem is an essential repertoire item for most primary school bands, but arrangements intended for full instrumentation and mature players are generally unsatisfactory for smaller, often unbalanced, ensembles of inexperienced players. 

This arrangement is essentially a three-part setting with all parts, as far as practicable, assigned to each instrumental group so that the conductor can take advantage of the most competent players to lead the ensemble, whatever instrument they play. It also permits performance by almost any group of three or more players, whether homogenous (eg three clarinets) or mixed (eg alto sax, trumpet and bass clarinet). The setting is in Bb, so the melody is in a singable range but the players will encounter no unnecessary technical difficulties. Most of the parts are comfortably within Level 1 of the Education Queensland instrumental syllabus.