Arith-Metric No. 1

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2002 / 2020
Duration: Variable
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Adaptable Band)

Full Score
C Treble Clef Instruments
B-flat Treble Clef Instruments
E-flat Treble Clef Instruments
Horn in F
Alto Clef Instruments


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Arith-Metric No. 1 is the first in a series of pieces that explores self-paced developing music for literally any combination of instruments. Inspired by Terry Riley's In C, the piece has no score and each part includes the same series of short fragments that performers move through at their own pace.

Musicians get to play a role in the development and pacing of the work, and it is different every time!

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

The piece is written in five sections, all performed without stopping. Musicians repeat each fragment as much as they desire and then move on to the next line. Further, performers have the option of skipping a line or going backward any number of lines as long as they stay in the same section. Directors cue the entire ensemble at the beginning of each new section; regardless of where any performer is in the sequence, they immediately skip to the next section on cue (even if they are in the middle of a phrase). The last section builds constantly until all players have completed line 35. Then, at the discretion of the director, all players move to the final chord.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - 14 May 2021
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Tuesday Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 8 December 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Joshua Neuenschwander, conductor) - 7 December 2020
  • Marshall University (Huntington, W. Va.) Symphonic Band (Christopher Schletter, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • High Point (N.C.) University Wind Ensemble (Brian Meixner, conductor) - 18 November 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

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