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Subtitle: From Alternative Energy for Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c 6:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $75.00


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

(percussion detail needed)

Laptop Computer


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Program Notes

Extracted from the ‘energy symphony’ Alternative Energy, this movement juxtaposes the brash sounds of a jazzy brass section with the pops, hisses, and whooshes of the particle accelerator FermiLab, based just outside of Chicago.

- Program Note by composer

Chicago, 2012 is the composer's own arrangement of the second movement from his symphonic work Alternative Energy, dedicated to Rick Clary at Florida State University. The composer writes:

Alternative Energy is an energy symphony spanning four movements and hundred of years. Beginning in a rustic Midwestern junkyard in the 19th century, the piece travels through ever greater and more powerful forces of energy -- a present-day particle collider, a futuristic Chinese nuclear plant -- until it reaches a future Icelandic rain forest, where humanity's last inhabitants seek a return to a simpler way of life.

- Program Note from the University of Texas Symphony Band concert program, 30 November 2016

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 1 December 2017
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 1 March 2017
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan S. Kelly, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • San Francisco Wind Ensemble (Troy Davis, conductor) – 27 August 2016
  • University of Colorado (Boulder) Concert Band (Gary Lewis, conductor) – 26 February 2016
  • California Band Directors Association All-State High School Symphonic Band (Gary Hill, conductor) - 14 February 2016 (2016 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • University of Colorado (Boulder) Symphonic Band (Matthew Roeder, conductor)– 3 February 2016
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 10 February 2016
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) - 27 March 2015 (2015 CBDNA National Conference, Nashville) - *Premiere performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer