For Concert Band (grade 4.5) – ca. 14′
1picc, 2fl, 2cl in Bb, 3sax(A,T,B), 2hn, 2tr in Bb (st. mute), euph, tba, 4perc (glock, vib, b. dr, sus. cym, sn. dr, tamb)
Opt. 2ob, 2bs, b. cl, trn, b. trn.
The Unsquare Suite is a suite of five pieces for the concert band, composed as a reflection of the asymmetrical world that we live in.
Based on many Arabic ancient traditional rhythms, the first movement takes a journey on the 11/8 rhythm called “AL AWISS” with a small introduction, then a lyrical theme, followed by a middle section of 9/8 rhythm (Aqsaq), and back to call the first theme to round up.
The second movement is based on the rhythm “Dawr Hendi” of 7/8 meter and has an energetic feeling, featuring a solo for the horns in the middle section.
The third movement features a flute choir creating an extraterrestrial mood and functions as an introduction to the fourth movement.
The fourth movement starts with an exposition of the theme in 4/4, then turns to the 5/4 rhythm featuring a solo French Horn, then develops the theme through the end of the movement.
The fifth and last movement starts with a slow introduction calling an echo from the first movement theme, then takes us on a trip into the Arabic world with an oriental mood theme of 7/8 rhythm that continues to develop until the end, culminating in a Maestoso Coda.
Wajdi Abou Diab’s “The Unsquare Suite” (4.5) is a suite of five pieces for concert band, composed as a reflection for the asymmetrical world that we live in.
As is hinted in the title, “The Unsquare Suite” makes use of asymmetrical time signatures – many of which are base on Arabic ancient traditional rhythms.
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