Subtitle: A Concert Overture for Wind Ensemble
Year: 1990 / 2011
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $300.00 | Study Score Only - $24.95 | Full Score Only $34.95
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Almglocken (4)
- Bass Drum (small)
- Cymbals (2: small suspended)
- Metal Plate
- Snare Drum
- Temple Blocks (5)
- Woodblocks (2)
N.B. These changes needed for editions published before March 2021.
In Parts and Score:
- Flute I, m.92: Should be C-sharp for the entire measure.
- Flute I, m.215: Cautionary E-natural.
- Flute II, m.92: Should be C-sharp for the entire measure.
- Flute III, m.92: Should be C-sharp for the entire measure.
- Oboe II, m.33: Last beat B-flat, A-flat G, F concert.
- Oboe II, m.229: Last beat B-flat, A-flat G, F concert.
- Bassoon I, m.90: Last two 16th notes should be F-sharp G.
- Bassoon I, m.250: Last two 16th notes should be F-sharp G.
- Bassoon II, m.90: Last two 16th notes should be F-sharp G.
- B-flat Bass Clarinet, m.90: Last two 16th notes should be G-sharp A.
- Horn in F I, m.215: Cautionary written A natural.
- All low transposing instruments, m.220: Second quarter note is F natural.
- All low non-transposing, m.223: Last quarter note is F natural.
- All low transposing instruments, m.243: Second quarter note is F natural.
- All low non-transposing instruments, m.246: Second quarter note is F natural.
The title, Circuits, is meant to characterize several important aspects of the work's musical language: a strong reliance upon circuitous structures such as ostinatos; the use of a formal design incorporating numerous, recurring short sections; and the presence of an unrelenting, kinetic energy achieved through the use of 16th notes at a constant tempo of 152 beats per minute.
- Program Note by composer
Circuits was originally written in 1990 for the Denton Chamber Orchestra of Denton, Texas. Shortly thereafter, in 1991, McTee created a version for wind ensemble. In 2011, she bought back the copyrights to Circuits and, following extensive editing, created a newly revised version. ... The inclusion of jazz elements and the playful manipulation of musical materials using syncopation, sudden transposition, and juxtaposition are also characteristic of the work.
- Program Note from the Baylor University Symphonic Band concert program, 16 October 2017
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio: Reference recording. University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor)
- Audio CD: Cincinnati Wind Symphony (Eugene Corporon, conductor)
- Audio CD: University of Florida Wind Ensemble (David A. Waybright, conductor).
- Audio flash drive: University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 2020
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 9 February 2023 (2023 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
- The Naperville (Ill.) Winds (Sean Kelley, conductor) - 1 December 2022
- Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Wind Symphony (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 14 April 2022
- University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) – 2 April 2022
- Mansfield (Penn.) University Concert Wind Ensemble (Adam F. Brennan, conductor) – 20 November 2021
- University of Central Florida (Orlando) Symphonic Band (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 27 February 2020
- University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
- Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Lisa Tatum, conductor) – 16 February 2020
- University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 22 November 2019
- University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 7 November 2019
- Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble (Stephen Squires, conductor) – 23 October 2019
- California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) – 17 October 2019
- University of South Carolina (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Scott Weiss, conductor) – 22 September 2019
- University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) Wind Ensemble (Iris Cole, conductor) – 23 April 2019
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 21 March 2019
- Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 8 October 2018
- State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Donna Dolson, conductor) – 4 September 2018
- University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Symphony Band (Jared Bloch, conductor) – 30 April 2018
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Barry Ellis, conductor) – 20 April 2018
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 7 April 2018
- Georgia (Atlanta) Institute of Technology Concert Band (Chaowen Ting, conductor) – 19 November 2017
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Ballet for Band (2004)
- California Counterpoint (1993)
- Circuits (1990)
- Double Play (2011)
- Fanfare for Trumpets (2004/2011)
- Fanfare from "Soundings" (1995)
- Finish Line (2006)
- Notezart (2018)
- Soundings (1995)
- Timepiece (2000/2001)
- Alber, Brian. (2007, Fall). “The evolution of melodic construction in three 20th-Century wind band works.” Journal of Band Research 43(1), 63–78.
- Cindy McTee website Accessed 7 Jabuary 2023
- "CIRCUITS – A Concert Overture for Wind Ensemble by Cindy McTee (USA, 1953)." WASBE. Web. (Featured as WASBE’s Composition of the Week, 16 May 2022). Accessed 7 January 2023
- Errata List
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 419.
- Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 446-450.