Ar-gard (Air)

Ar-gard (Air)

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Composer Kuremanee, Kitti
Instumentation Concert Band
Grade 5


Genre Competition/ Concert Music


Included Parts

1 Piccolo
2 Flutes I
2 Flutes II
2 Oboes I, II
2 Bassoons
1 Clarinet in Eb
2 Clarinets in Bb I
2 Clarinets in Bb II
2 Clarinets in Bb III
1 Alto Clarinet in Eb
2 Bass Clarinets in Bb
2 Alto Saxophones in Eb
2 Tenor Saxophones in Bb
1 Baritone Saxophone
1 Piano
2 Cornets in Bb I
2 Cornets in Bb II
2 Trumpets in Bb I
2 Trumpets in Bb II
2 Trumpets in Bb III
2 Horns in F I
2 Horns in F II
2 Horns in F III
2 Horns in F IV
2 Trombones I
2 Trombones II
1 Bass Trombone
2 Baritones
2 Euphoniums
2 Tubas
1 Contrabass 

*The amounts of players in each part or section are depending on tone colors and the quantity of sound images by the composer to suit the tone cluster and sound mass. The numbers of players in each part are the minimum required.


Timpani and Keyboard

Timpani (4 drums) Size 20”, 23”, 26”, 29”
Glockenspiel and Tubular Bell 1 Player
Xylophone, Marimba 2 players

Non-Pitch Percussion

Percussion I (Minimum 3 players)
Crash Cymbals, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Bongo Drum

Percussion II (Minimum 3 players)
Metal Plate (High pitch), Suspended Cymbal, Gong, 4 Concert Toms, Cowbell, Whip, Tambourine 

Percussion III (Minimum 2 players)
Gong, Metal Plate (High pitch), Suspended Cymbal, Cowbell, Floor Tom, Wind Chimes

Percussion IV (Minimum 2 players)
Suspended Cymbal, Gong, Floor Tom

* The percussion instruments are possible to share between parts and set up and can switch between parts if necessary depending on section leader management.

Additional parts for Europe






Ar-gard is a term for “Air” in Thai. This music is about my imagination of the Air that surrounds us in different emotions such as happiness, success, or regret. For me, I feel the air around us makes us feel that way.

In the process of composing this piece I used the group of notes from a set

(0, 3, 6, 7) or consider as a diminished triad with raised 5th note to flavor the colors of sound. The reason that I choose this group of notes is that this material can develop and expand to a variety of musical figures based on the idea of feeling and imagination in human beings. Even though we have many feelings, it is the air that makes us feel that way. So the set (0, 3, 6, 7) is represented the air that can change to many forms of ideas, but still has a unity of musical structure.

This composition has three movements. Each part is composed by the development of the main idea and is transformed into a variety of musical idioms and structures. Thai elements are used in the composition such as a pentatonic scale in many modes, or the juxtaposition texture in Thai style. This piece is written in contemporary language and style.

Kitti Kuremanee

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