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Bonehead Fizzix

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Celka Ilona Ojakangas

Celka Ilona Ojakangas

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General Info

Year: 2017
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Celka Ojakanga
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Castanets
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Police Whistle
  • Ratchet
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Wood Block (2)
  • Xylophone

"Mad Scientist" (baritone voice)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bonehead Fizzix is a piece inspired by my dad, a real-life mad scientist who obsesses over his inventions, mumbles late into the night while grading his students’ homework, and makes strange noises on his trombone for fun. The title is a term he used once when describing the maddening situation of teaching the most unexciting, simplest physics to college students trying to pass their General Education requirements. (The misspelling is intentional.) My father is also a jazz trombonist who is obsessed with concepts like super Locrian mode and thirds relations (which he wouldn’t stop talking about when I was applying to schools for my master’s in music composition.) Consequently, this piece is riddled with super locrian scales, chromatic mediant relationships and tritones, which mostly came from a piece my father used to play in the car as we went to school (the appropriately named Sound of the Wasp -- an annoying, buzzy tune for trombone and tuba) .

- Program Note by composer

The performance by the University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble featured a "mad scientist" pretending to puzzle through the mysteries of physics with exclamations of incomprehension and discovery, while applying himself to an erasable tablet that he periodically showed the audience.


  • The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (student division), 2018-19, winner


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.