Blow It Up, Start Again
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Brake Drum
- Drum Set
- Kick Drum
- Ride Cymbal
- Sizzle Cymbal
- Splash Cymbal
- Wood Block
(to the 10/12 uncorrected co-commissioner’s edition – score & parts)
In Score and Parts:
- Woodwinds, Reh. F: Should say “like an organ”
- Flute III, m.83-84: 8va (unison with Flute 2)
- Bassoon I & II, m.32 beat 3, 2nd quarter note triplet: 2nd eighth (tied to triplet quarter) should have no staccato. The staccato on the quarter triplet it is tied to remains, to indicate a short release.
- Contrabassoon, m.61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 81, and 85: Contrabassoon (and optional contra-alto or contrabass clarinets) play staccato eighths (with Bassoons) instead of quarters.
- E-flat Soprano Clarinet, Reh. G: Slur beat 3 to match Sopr. Sax.
- E-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.35: Missing its quarter rest on beat 4.
- B-flat Bass Clarinet, m.32 beat 3, 2nd quarter note triplet: 2nd eighth (tied to triplet quarter) should have no staccato. The staccato on the quarter triplet it is tied to remains, to indicate a short release.
- E-flat Alto Saxophone, Reh. G: Slur beat 3 to match Sopr. Sax.
- E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m.6-8: Starting on beat 3 of m. 6, doubles the other bass instruments.
- Horn in F I, II, III, & IV, m.32 beat 3, 2nd quarter note triplet: 2nd eighth (tied to triplet quarter) should have no staccato. The staccato on the quarter triplet it is tied to remains, to indicate a short release.
- Horn in F I, II, III, & IV, m.70: "Bells up" and ff. Remain ff until cresc. in m.101.
- Horn in F I, II, III, & IV, m.79 beat 3: “ord.”
- Drum Set, m.17: Beat 3 quarter note hit, beat 4 quarter rest, beat 5 quarter rest & Splash Cym quarter.
- Bass Drum: Muted with towel.
- Horn in F, m.34: Horn solo is now doubled with a Trombone 1 solo.
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
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- 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
Works for Winds by This Composer
- 3 O'Clock Mix (2012)
- 1861 (2004)
- As the scent of spring rain (2003)
- Avenue X (2005)
- Blow It Up, Start Again (2012)
- Climbing Parnassus (2008)
- Concertino (flute solo, chamber winds, and piano)
- De Profundis
- Moon by Night (2001)
- Novel Romance (2018)
- OK Feel Good
- Pi’ilani and Ko’olau (2019)
- The Rivers of Bowery (2005)
- Single (2013)
- Sowing Useful Truths
- Symphony No. 1 (2009)
- Tender Hearts (2019)
- Uncle Sid