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Alarm Calls

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Scott Lindroth

Scott Lindroth

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Scott Lindroth
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As the title suggests, this fast, intricate piece is an urgent call to action. Written as a single-movement work in ternary form, the composer continually repeats an insistent principal theme first presented by soprano saxophone, suggesting an emergency or threat that never quite appears. The mood is unstable and unsettled, with extreme contrasts between transparent textures and unexpected eruptions from full band. Even when the music relaxes into a sustained and lyrical character, percussion figures ticking int he background remind the listener of the earlier unsettled section. The reprise recasts the opening section in terms that are more heroic. The principal theme takes on the character of a fanfare supported by sustained tones in the French horns, yet the harmony is colored with dissonances that do not resolve. The work concludes abruptly.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band

Commissioned by John Locke for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wind Ensemble.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Scott Lindroth website
  • Tan, Leonard. "Alarm Calls." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 902-910. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.