Argentum (Mahr)

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

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Subtitle: An Overture for Band

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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In Parts:

  • Horn in F II, m.170: Missing 6/8 time signature
  • Piano, m.38: Missing flat sign on "D" - should be Db

In Score:

  • Flute I, m.105-106: Needs tie; see piano part

In Part and Score:

  • Cornet III, m.183: Should be B natural, not Bb
  • Horn in F I, m.183: Should be E natural, not Eb
  • Horn in F II, m.214-215: Should be Ab
  • Trombone III, m.183: Should be Db

Program Notes

Just as an anniversary provides time for quiet reflection of the past and optimistic dreams for the future, Argentum is constructed in a similar manner. The work opens with bold, strong rhythms and cheerful melodies, while the middle of the piece is calm and introspective. The opening themes return to close the piece majestically.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association in observance of their twenty-first anniversary.

- Program Note from score

The title originates from a Latin root which evolved from an ancient poetic synonym for silver; it has since become a symbol for 25th anniversaries.

The overture begins and ends with bold rhythms and cheerful melodies, contrasted by a calm and introspective middle section. The structure is reminiscent of a 25th anniversary celebration, with its quiet reflection on the past and optimistic plans for the future.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


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  • Nebraska Intercollegiate Band (Timothy Mahr, conductor) – 8 March 1986 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mahr, T. (1987). Argentum [score]. N.A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 398.