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Diabolus Polka (Im Pechgraben) - Sample sheet music
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Title Diabolus Polka (Im Pechgraben)
Category Concert/wind/brass band
Subcategory Concert music
Instrumentation Ha (concert/wind band)
Instrumentation/info Polka francaise
Publisher's article no. KL 1676
Year of publication 1995
Price 60.00 EUR (incl. 10 % Austrian VAT)
Composer Freudenthaler, Erland
Arranger Mastnak, Johann
Difficulty level 2
Duration 3:50
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Programme notes: additional text

"Im Pechgraben", a Polka francaise subtitled with "Diabolus-Polka" I wrote in 1994 for the MV Pechgraben/Upper Austria for the opening of their new music home. The piece was released on CD (Amos CD5787) in 1995 and was played by the brass band CESKA under Joh. M÷senbichler. This Upper Austrian formation has dedicated itself to Bohemian brass music, whose peculiarity in the instrumentation I found particularly appealing. Especially the use of the bass trumpet in the accompaniment, as well as the exposed use of the E-flat clarinet make the sound special. (Also the dominance of the flugelhorns as melody carriers in contrast to only two clarinets is at least unusual). Of course I was aware that this kind of instrumentation has become rare in the meantime. Therefore, my colleague and friend Prof. Johannes Mastnak (he is also the director of the MV Pechgraben, by the way, and thus the commissioner of the Polka) made an arrangement for large wind orchestra, which was also published by Kliment.
The "clay" letters of this word (B-E,C,H,G,A,B-E) as well as those from Johannes Mastnak (H,A-Es and again A-Es-A) form the motivic material of the entire polka. In it there is a conspicuous dominance of the tritone, the "diabulus in musica", an interval that carries very great tension. This explains the title of the piece, as well as the harmony, which is not quite "conflict-free" in terms of sound. The comedy of the polka, I believe, arises from the contrast between the traditional polka francaise-ductus (the piece thus resembles Johann Strauss rather than a peasant polka) and "new" surprising harmonics, which derive from the tritone tension. Nevertheless the piece is quite pleasant to listen to and has always been well received by the audience.
Format EUR
Diabolus Polka (Im Pechgraben) - click here Diabolus Polka (Im Pechgraben) (concert/wind band) 60.00
Blaskapelle Ceska - click here Blaskapelle Ceska, audio CD

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