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Bite the Bullet (Machain)

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Jorge Machain

Jorge Machain

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: JM Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bite the Bullet (2018) was commissioned for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wind Orchestra by Thomas Leslie, director of bands, and was premiered by that ensemble in Artemus W. Ham Hall on October 4, 2018.

The title comes from the Venetian painter Carlo Marchiori. The painting depicts two Pulcinelli, Venetian clowns dressed as bakers. In the painting, these Pulcinelli shoot at one another with guns, bullets meeting in the middle, creating a white-orange-pink cloudburst. I was in awe of the vibrant colored landscape and the Pulcinelli, providing the creative impetus for this work.

- Program Note by composer


  • NBA Revelli Competition, 2018, Finalist

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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