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Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jonathan Newman
Original Medium: Orchestra
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $44.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

If the system isn't working anymore, then do what Guy Fawkes tried and go anarchist: Blow it all up, and start again.

Commissioned by a consortium of ten American and Canadian universities.

- Program Note from score

There is no hint of Ravel in Blow It Up, Start Again, but there is unfettered joy. Newman’s brief bombshell is a wind ensemble transcription of the 2011 work for orchestra. It was described as “riotously funky” by the Chicago Tribune, and the score bears this scant description: "If the system isn’t working anymore, then do what Guy Fawkes tried and go anarchist: blow it all up, and start again."

Simon Cummings of the 5:4 blog had a slightly different take, “Reasonably fun in its way, but all overwhelmingly harmless. Not exactly in keeping with the ‘wipe the slate clean’ kind of avant-garde radicalism espoused in that program note. Somehow, I don’t predict a riot.” But one YouTube commenter hit the nail on the head after the European premiere: “This is not at all classical music, but them ‘bones!”

- Program Note from University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 April 2016

Commissioned by a consortium including:

  • Columbus State University – Jamie L. Nix, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities
  • Florida Atlantic University – Kyle Prescott, Director of Bands
  • Florida State University – Richard Clary, Senior Band Conductor
  • Georgia State University – Robert J. Ambrose, Director of Wind Studies
  • North Central High School, Indianapolis, IN – Rick Granlund, Director of Bands
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Edwin Powell, Director of Bands
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Jacob Wallace, Director of Bands
  • Texas Tech University – Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands
  • University of Alberta – Angela Schroeder, Director of Bands
  • University of Minnesota – Jerry Luckhardt, Associate Director of Bands

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

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  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Morehouse, conductor)– 4 December 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Bixby High School (Oklahoma) Wind Ensemble (Jeremy W. Parker, conductor) - 6 May 2019
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (Schladming, Aus.) (William Staub, conductor) – 12 July 2017
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) – 5 November 2016
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 15 April 2016
  • Michigan State University Wind Symphony (Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor) – 29 October 2015
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (David Lesser, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
  • The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) - 3 March 2014 (CBDNA Eastern Division Conference, Boston, MA)
  • The College of New Jersey (Ewing) Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) - 28 February 2014
  • North Central High School (Indianapolis, IN) Wind Ensemble (Rick Granlund, conductor) - May 2013

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