3, 2, 1...

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Everyone is still. The countdown begins. And in a single moment, adrenaline surges in an eruption of energy and power. Commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association, this piece has roots in the Indy 500; however, as I began working on the piece, I realized that there is a universal response to nearly any countdown -- it could be a race, a launch, or a multitude of other scenarios. 3, 2, 1... explores the building moments ahead of the countdown as well as the unleashing of energy immediately afterward.

The opening mood certainly anticipates what is coming. It follows my own personal experiences waiting for "the moment." At first, harmonies all move together -- there is a feeling of order and calm. As the event approaches, harmonies continue to change but voices linger, obscuring the harmonic language just slightly. What follows is the musical equivalent of getting shot out of a cannon. It is highly intense and aggressive as the event begins. While this entire section is based on the music from the opening, it goes through many harmonic shifts and meter changes to make everything feel entirely new, yet familiar. There are musical peaks and valleys despite the nonstop rhythmic drive, and everything ultimately builds towards the powerful ending.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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