Jean-François Michel (*1957)
Jean-François Michel, born in Switzerland in 1957 into a family of musicians, studied from 1965 to 1976 at the Fribourg Conservatoire in (Switzerland). In 1975 he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the International Music Competition in Geneva and, a year later, he was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) where he remained until 1986 when he was appointed...
About Far West
Far West is a fun and entertaining piece designed in the popular style of what is today referred to as "country and western music." Three distinct parts follow one another:
- A slow introduction depicts the arid landscapes of the American West and then launches into a horse riding, traveling music, theme.
- The arrival in a peaceful village where some pioneers of the Conquest of the West are meeting.
- The finale is a joyful “country” quadrille that makes members of the pioneer’s community dance.
Far West is written for variable wind instruments, brass only or mixed with woodwinds, and 3 drums — a) timpani, b) bass drum, snare drum and small percussion — and c) an ad lib. fourth part for melodic percussion (glockenspiel and xylophone). These parts can be specified according to availability.
Far West is easily accessible to youth groups.
We also recommend
- flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinets 1, 2, bass clarinet, alto sax., tenor sax., baritone sax., sopran cornet Eb, trumpets/cornets 1,2,3, alto or F horns 1, 2, trombone 1,2 (bass trombone), baritone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion 1,2,3
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