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Boogie and Blues

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Roger Briggs

Roger Briggs

General Info

Year: 2013 / 2018
Duration: c. 9:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Roger Briggs
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) – Rental ($375.00)   |   Score Only (digital) - $90.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (small and regular)
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Boogie and Blues is lighthearted and takes as its source material a tune called the Muscle Shoals Blues composed by George W. Thomas, a member of W C Handy’s Memphis Blues Band and recorded by them in 1917-23. The original tune is never really outright stated but is constantly varied, developed, and combined with many other blues, gospel, and rock cliches heard so commonly in the incredibly rich musical tradition that we grew up with in our Muscle Shoals region.

Boogie & Blues is a transcription of the third movement from Symphony No. 2, which was commissioned and premiered by the Shoals Symphony Orchestra in honor of their 30th anniversary. The orchestral version was premiered in December 2012 in Florence, Alabama. This transcription for symphonic wind ensemble is dedicated to Chris Bianco and the Western Washington University Wind Ensemble, and was premiered by them in May 2014.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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