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Pollywog: A Dialog of a Frog
Jazz Ensemble, Level V
by Dave Stamps

Pollywog: A Dialog of a Frog<br>Jazz Ensemble, Level V<br><em>by Dave Stamps</em>

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Difficulty Level: V
Trumpet Range: Db6

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Product Code: 2549

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(8 Brass) (Level 5) POLLYWOG: THE DIALOG OF A FROG Pollywog is a composer-described “quirky” chart influenced by the master composer/arranger, Jim McNeely. The entire chart was composed from the 8 bar melody that first appears at rehearsal letter G and utilizes the exhaustive cellular development often used by McNeely. A few unique things to notice in Pollywog: • The title implies every aspect of the composition. A pollywog is another name for tadpole, which is the first of three stages (post-egg) in a frog’s life cycle. As a tadpole matures, it goes through a series of distinct changes that appear seamless through the triad of stages. Like the frog cycle, this entire arrangement aims to seamlessly move between three different accompaniment patterns and every other aspect of the piece functions in groups of threes as well. There are three soloists. There are three tonal centers (C, F, and G), which also imply a basic blues progression and large form progression. There are only three complete statements of the melody. There are three elements to the development section’s rhythmic structure: 8 bar sections representing the melody, 12 bar sections representing the implied blues mentioned above, and 2 or 4 bar drum solo sections (all intertwined). There are also three harmonic “structures” used during the initial melodic development of the piece (unison/octaves, seconds, and semi-clusters). • Even though the tonality moves throughout the piece, there is a fairly constant pedal point that is heard during softer sections that help tie the piece together. There are also a lot of trombone/guitar smears that not only create tension, but serve as tonal transition blenders. • This arrangement unfolds in reverse order from traditional Big Band charts. The long development occurs at the front of the chart culminating in a full band statement of the true melody at rehearsal letter G. If you are looking for a unique chart for your exciting concert program, look no further! [Grade 5 – Soprano Sax Lead – Lead Trumpet F#6]

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