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"The Shadow of Your Smile"

Title The Shadow of Your Smile
ComposerJ. Mandel/P.F. Webster (arr: F.G.J. Absil)
Instrum.Concert Band
DateFebruary 2015
StyleRumba-Bolero (Latin)
Tempo124 - 86 BPM


A musical score excerpt
  • Piccolo, Flute 1-2, Oboe, Bassoon, Eb Clarinet, Clarinet in Bb 1-2-3, Bass Clarinet;
  • Alto Saxophone 1-2, Tenor Saxophone 1-2, Baritone Saxophone;
  • Horn in F 1-2, Trumpet 1-2-3, Trombone 1-2-3, Bass Trombone, Baritone 1-2, Tuba;
  • Guitar, Piano, Double Bass, Drums, Timpani, Mallets (glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone), Percussion (2 players: bass drum, congas, maracas, pair of cymbals, shaker, suspended cymbal, triangle).


This arrangement of The Shadow of Your Smile is in Latin style for concert band. This Rumba-Bolero (86 BPM) consists of an intro (m. 1-9), two song choruses ([A-B] and [D-E]) separated by a bridge ([C], m.~42-51), and a coda ([F], m. 84-91).

The introduction is in 3/4 meter; the main theme closing phrase is used in a three-part counterpoint setting for woodwinds over a dominant pedal. The first chorus opens in the main key Bb and 4/4 time signature with alto saxophone solo over a sustained horn and trombone background and Latin rhythm section [A]. The lead changes to a pair of trumpets (cup mute and open) with a saxophone background based on symmetrically distributed dominant chords [B]. The second statement ends with a first climax and woodwind lead.

The bridge [C] contains a quote from the classical music repertoire as a counterpoint to the original main motif ('The Shadow of a Symphony: Beethoven's Smile'). It modulates stepwise downward to the temporary key of Fm - Ab. The second chorus opens with the main theme in soft brass (baritones), low flute and vibraphone [D]. The clarinets play an imitative background in 8th note rhythm that continues into an opening motion second climax. The final statement in the second chorus [E] returns to Bb and is a 7-part cluster setting for clarinets, bucket mute brass, horns and soft brass. The saxophones play a unisono countermelody, with occasional fills from piano and vibraphone. The piece closes [F] with a gentle woodwind voicing in the repeat of the closing phrase.

The arrangement has non-essential parts for piccolo, oboe, bassoon, eb clarinet, 3rd trombone, bass trombone, jazz guitar and piano (substitutes are indicated in score and parts). The full bass part is written out for tuba double; use occasional tuba tacet when the rhythm section contains an acoustic bass or bass guitar.