New Music Friday: At the Fair

“At The Fair” was conceived as a somewhat light-hearted dance using traditional forms and harmonies.

Although the piece was not written for advanced players, it should offer some challenges to an average orchestra. As a teaching piece in the key of D and G, several occurrences of accidentals (D♯, G♯, A♯ & E♯) require student players to listen carefully to achieve good
intonation. Students can play most of the piece in first position; however, playing some passages in a higher position will significantly improve the intonation and facility. There are also divisi notes for all instruments
at some point. The upper cello part requires being able to play a few notes above first position. All sections, except the contrabass, play portions of the melody. Consider using detaché on the eighth notes at letters A and E to keep the sound light in these piano passages.

“At The Fair” runs a little over three and a half minutes at the suggested tempo.

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About William E. Moats

William Moats attended and graduated from Kent State University in Music Education with a major in instrumental music. He was a member of two military bands, playing trombone and euphonium before attending and graduating from Ball State University with a Master of Arts degree in Music. As a band and orchestra director in Ohio, he taught in the Dayton Public Schools and the Trotwood-Madison City Schools.

Serving in Lutheran churches he has directed a variety of vocal, instrumental and handbell choirs in Dayton, Ohio and Birmingham, Alabama. Currently he directs an adult vocal choir in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He has published handbell music with several publishers, published band music, string orchestra music and brass chamber music.

Mr. Moats is currently semi-retired. During his professional career he has been a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference, Ohio Music Educators Association, Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR), and the American Federation of Musicians.

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