Electric Air
for Rock Band and Orchestra .. (1972) .. 9:37

This work is scored for a six-piece rock band and full orchestra. It was written for the Cleveland rock band Century, headed by Bill Cavanaugh. The orchestra part is totally notated.Tthe band part is a melody with chord changes, on which the band can improvise.

Electric Air score art

PLAYER FOR MP3 OF PERFORMANCE (22 MB) 9:43

Century with the University Circle Orchestra, Thomas Briccetti, conductor, Kulas Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Dec.12, 1973. The rock band Century did very well during their own rehearsals. However, playing with a 90-piece symphony orchestra was an unfamiliar experience. Some of the band members were a bit overwhelmed and thus are not heard to best advantage in the recording of the work.


OPEN PDF FILE OF FULL SCORE, 43 PAGES (18 MB)

If the above 18-MB file is too large, the score is available as three partial files:

OPEN PDF FILE OF FULL SCORE, PART 1, PAGES 1-15 (6 MB)
OPEN PDF FILE OF FULL SCORE, PART 2, PAGES 16-30 (6.5 MB)
OPEN PDF FILE OF FULL SCORE, PART 3, PAGES 31-43 (6 MB)


Members of the rock band Century:

Bill Cavanaugh, leader and lead guitar
Kevin Leary, trumpet
Steve Purcell, rhythm guitar
John R. Belcon, bass guitar
Jon Simonell, organ
Alan P. Rex, drums

Jon Simonell was a lead singer with the classic 1960s Cleveland rock band The Outsiders

Me
Reynold Weidenaar
The composer in the Electronic Music Studio of the Cleveland Institute of Music, ca. 1973.

INSTRUMENTATION

Rock Band:

Trumpet in C
Lead Guitar
Rhythm Guitar
Organ (plus optional Electric Piano)
Bass Guitar
Drums (Jazz Set)

Orchestra:

2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 Bassoons
2 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in Bb
2 Trombones
Tuba
Timpani (28” ped., 28”, 25”)
2 Percussion:
I: Snare Drum, Large Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Sandpaper Blocks, Ratchet
II: Tenor Drum, Tambourine, Triangle, Large Tam-Tam (28”), Woodblock
Harp
Strings