Action Scene

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Congas
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-toms


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There is nothing like the exhilarating feeling of an incredible action scene in a movie that is accompanied by thrilling music. Some people claim they don't really notice the music much and are instead absorbed in the action itself, including the effects. I always encourage those people to watch the same scene with the volume turned down. And on the rare occasion that one can obtain footage with all dialogue and effects, the absence of music is sometimes even more noticeable.

All this being said, I decided to write a piece where the music of the action scene became the absolute focus. Instead of composing the music to accompany the video, I invite students to listen to the music, and THEN describe the scene (yes, I encourage them to write and submit it to you!) as they begin learning the piece. The more they become familiar with the music, the more their imaginations may evolve.The music is aggressive, drives forward relentlessly, has those big Hollywood 'hit' moments, and combines elements of added tension dissonance. Various colours emerge from the percussion section as the scene unfolds, making this an incredibly fun programmatic piece that has adrenaline racing from the first note to the final chord. The only thing missing? The story!

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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