A “gambit” is a daring and adventurous opening strategy. This music for young band mixes elements of suspense and excitement into a high-energy concert or contest piece sure to please your band and audience.
The word “gambit” refers to an opening strategy in a game like chess that involves a risky move. A gambit is daring and adventurous, but can lead to success. This idea is the inspiration for the music in Gambit. After a suspenseful introduction an exciting main theme is presented in the trumpets. This theme is developed with the full ensemble, and then gives way to a more contemplative middle section that mixes a new theme with fragments from the earlier music. The final section brings back the main motives from the trumpet theme and introduction for a thrilling ending.
Grade Level: 2
Number of Players: 6+
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B-flat Bass Clarinet
Optional Percussion Timpani (2 drums)
Percussion 1: Xylophone, Bells
Percussion 2 [2 players]: 2 Concert Toms, Suspended Cymbal
Percussion 3 [2 players]: Snare Drum, Bass Drum