Clutch (Balmages)

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

People always ask me where inspiration comes from, and I tell them that it can come from anywhere and everywhere. So when I found myself behind on my commissions schedule and feeling a great deal of pressure, I decided to use that very feeling to inspire my next piece. And thus, Clutch was born!

The piece is quite aggressive and harmonically colorful, using the percussion section to establish a strong rhythmic pulse that complements powerful melodic lines. The challenge with this work was to write a piece playable by students of varying levels of experience and ages. I did not want older students to feel like they were playing "watered down" music, but I also did not want younger students to feel discouraged about the difficulty. The result is a piece with a complex sound and vivid imagery, yet is surprisingly playable (but still fun for students of all ages).

Clutch was commissioned during the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) Education Foundation Auction at the 2021 National Convention in St. Augustine, Florida.

- Program Note from composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works