Basic Information


Composed by Randall Standridge
Published by Grand Mesa Music
Grade 2
Length: 4 minutes

Teaching Concepts


Time Signature: 3/4, 4/4, 3/2
Key Signature: Eb, Ab
Tempo: Andante
Other Information: This piece offers a great chance to teach students about playing musically. There is a great deal of rubato during Fields of Clover and the band must learn to move with the conductor as one. Additionally, there is a very wide range of dynamics employed during Fields of Clover. There are several times during the piece when the time signature becomes 4/4 for just one measure before going back to 3/4. The last time signature is to 3/2 for just one measure. Last, there are many held chords during the piece which will offer young musicians a chance to learn a great deal about intonation.

Program Notes


In a gorgeous debut published work, this Arkansas composer creates a lush musical soundscape using fairly simple materials. Starting with a four-bar clarinet solo, moving to an effective clarinet choir section, and culminating in several larger sections using some unique scoring ideas, the simple beauty of folk-like melodies is presented in a simply irresistible new band composition.

Small School Considerations


Fields of Clover begins with a clarinet solo, which becomes a duet and finally a clarinet choir. While this description might scare a director of a small ensemble away, it shouldn't. The first clarinet part is very playable, and the second and third clarinet parts do not cross the break. If you do not have enough clarinet players, the third clarinet is cued in the alto part. Additionally, the bass clarinet is cued in the baritone saxophone and the tuba parts.

The horn part is doubled by either the alto sax or the euphonium through the piece. Additionally, when the euphonium part becomes important it is cued in the tenor sax part.

Finally, the piece ends with a short horn solo in a very playable range. If you do not have a horn player, it is cued in the alto sax part.

Despite all of the doubling of parts and cues, the piece retains a very delicate texture.

Instrumentation


Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Clarinet 1, 2, 3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1, 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet 1, 2, 3
Horn
Trombone 1, 2
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Mallets
Percussion 1, 2

Percussion Requirements and Possible Substitutions


Timpani
Bells
Chimes
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Suspended Cymbal
Crash Cymbals
Triangle

There are no instrument substitution needs foreseen for Fields of Clover. Covering all of the percussion parts may be a challenge for a small band. Ideally, you would have six percussionists to cover every part. The timpani and mallet parts will only require one player each, but percussion 1 and percussion 2 will each need two players.

Link to Available Recording


Sample of score and recording available at jwpepper.com
Full copies of the score and a recording available to with a free membership at Grand Mesa Music's Website.

Sources


Fields of Clover at jwpepper.com: http://www.jwpepper.com/10001192.item
Fields of Clover at Grand Mesa Music: http://www.grandmesamusic.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=703:fields-of-clover&Itemid=100039
Score for Fields of Clover