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Children of a Different Sun

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Roland Barrett

Roland Barrett

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00; (digital) - $72.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute 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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Gong
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The 15th-century Inca citadel Machu Picchu inspired this stunning original work. After the opening heroic fanfare, the work continues in an intense, almost frenzied manner, reflective of its bustling population of that time. Pausing for a pensive musical remembrance of this long-lost empire, the work concludes with a bold majestic tribute to this magnificent landmark.

- Program Note from publisher

Inspired by the composer's research into the pre-Columbian Americas and the associated 12th-century Inca Indians of southeastern Peru, this work opens with percussion, featuring the combined timbres of bells, chimes, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, brake drum, suspended cymbal, and triangle. A bold fanfare from the brass, saxophones, and bass clarinet follows, setting the dramatic mood for this tone poem. One particularly noteworthy section is the brief woodwind chorale. This beautifully-crafted, pensive, chorale transitions to the concluding, relentless unified block scoring of this work toward its quick ending, which features brief percussion solos that underpin the drama from the brass's rhythmic motives.

- Program Notes from The Instrumentalist

Many historians have come to refer to the Incans as "Children of the Sun," and the title of this piece is a paraphrased reference to that name.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 73/4 (November 2018), p. 36.
  • Perusal score