From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Sand Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Centennium is a musical celebration commissioned to honour 100 years of band at Boston University. Written during the middle of a worldwide pandemic, the piece also reflects my personal victory as a composer. I believe I needed this particular commission to help me get through the difficulties of being a musician during a time of social distancing and a lack of live music. Writing the notes on these pages renewed my excitement for dynamic music making, regardless of whether we were all in the same room; and this challenge became a metaphor for the past 100 years of bands at Boston University. Whether someone was a member of a Boston University ensemble decades ago or part of the world premier performance of this piece, everyone comes from a long legacy of musicians and passionate artists who are all connected. It is in that spirit of celebration and unity that I offer the heroic, sweeping melodies and vibrant rhythmic pulse of Centennium.

Many thanks to Michael J. Barsano for spearheading the commission and to Jennifer Bill for her feedback throughout the process.

- Program Note from composer

Heroic, sweeping melodies form the basis of this celebratory work highlighting achievement and longevity. The constant rhythmic drive is augmented by soaring countermelodies and engaging percussion. Several peaks and valleys culminate in a powerful final fanfare that brings the work to a thrilling conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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