Featured Content: Gauntlet by Doug Spata

Featured Content: Gauntlet by Doug Spata

This week we’re featuring Doug Spata’s Gauntlet, a grade 2 piece with a bold, contemporary sound not often found in music at this level. Created to reinforce B-flats, this piece highlights every section of the orchestra, in an inspiring cinematic setting with dark harmonies and intense rhythms. It’s a dramatic, moving piece certain to be a favorite with both your students and audiences.

Hear the reference recording and preview the score in the video below:

Though the title suggests a medieval battle or a test of skill, Mr. Spata reports that the piece was written without a specific story or imagery in mind. Audiences and musicians enjoy interpreting the dramatic themes and transformations in many different ways. 

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