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Back Talk

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Harry Breuer (arr. James Moyer)

General Info

Year: 1938, arr. 2006
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (soloist V) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Xylophone Solo
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbal
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Back Talk was composed and published in 1938 along with Chicken Reel. Breuer played these ragtime solos on numerous radio shows and recorded them for many of the major broadcasting companies like NBC, Muzak, and the World Broadcasting System. This is a virtuosic showpiece for the advanced high school or college percussionist.

Program Note by James Moyer

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Additional Works for Winds by this Composer

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