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Nerve & Verve [for wind band] - PDF FULL SET

SKU: EH0015B
  • Nerve & Verve

    for wind band

    [2020, rev. 2022, pub. 2023]


    E.K.R. Hammell


    Commissioned by The Festival Wind Orchestra. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Keith Reid, Artistic Director.


    Known performances:

    • 2023 Feb TBA | Festival Wind Orchestra, dir. Keith Reid | Markham ON Canada
    • 2022 Dec 18 | Festival Wind Orchestra, dir. Keith Reid | Toronto ON Canada
    • PREMIERE: 2022 Jun 14 | Festival Wind Orchestra, dir. Keith Reid | Toronto ON Canada






    EH0015A - Nerve & Verve - SCORE - Perusal PDF

    purchase info:

    -PDF Full Set (Conductor's Score & All Parts)

    -$95.00 CAD

    -ADDITIONAL SCORES (BAND/ORCHESTRA): A purchase of one (1) Full Set will grant the user printing/copying permissions for one (1) score. To acquire printing/copying permissions (and therefore print Additional Scores) at a 50% discount, please use the custom discount code provided to you when you receive your initial order. 

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    Medium-Hard / Gr. 4.0 / B400-500



    6.5 mins



    Commissioned by Toronto’s Festival Wind Orchestra in 2020, Nerve & Verve is a piece about personal and interpersonal growth. A simplistic, brawny opening theme introduces a sense of confident denial. Lasting for only a brief window of time, this material serves as a reference point that is later repeatedly questioned and dissected. The section that follows illuminates a sense of childlike wonder, full of nostalgia and naïve (yet genuine) joy. As this material develops, it becomes increasingly ecstatic and robust — a fantastical dream seems to be latching onto some part of reality. As the fantasy ascends to its peak, the music shifts into a landscape of sudden (perhaps violent) juxtapositions in timbres, masking uneasiness and uncertainty with cool, unwavering steadiness and an arrogant optimism. From this unsustainable amalgam erupts the last major section of the piece, jubilantly arguing for a reconstruction of the unfamiliar into a blessing that is cause for celebration. Full of rhythmic vitality, it thrusts the listener into a parade of hopeful reinvigoration. In the end, the music makes an attempt to settle into a new groove — one that unveils the discovery and joy hidden within chaos and disarray.


    Piccolo | Flute 1 . 2 | Oboe | Bassoon | Clarinet in Eb | Clarinet in Bb 1 . 2 . 3 | Bass Clarinet in Bb | Alto Sax. in Eb 1 . 2 | Tenor Sax. in Bb | Baritone Sax. in Eb

    Trumpet in Bb 1 . 2 . 3 | Horn in F 1 . 2 | Trombone 1 . 2 . 3 | Euphonium (B.C. & T.C.) | Tuba


    Percussionists* 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 : 1st - Timpani / Tambourine (mounted) | 2nd - Bass Drum / Mark Tree / Crotales / Shaker | 3rd - Glockenspiel / Kick Drum | 4th - Suspended Cymbal / Vibraphone / Tambourine (handheld) / Triangle (shared with P.5) / Crash Cymbals | 5th - Triangle (shared with P.4) / Congas

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    NOTE: Scaling down to 8.5x11 is not recommended for large ensemble scores (due to legibility concerns), but if it is your only option, it will work! In any case, make sure to select “Fit Pages” or “Fit to Printable Area” before printing the booklet.

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