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Contraption

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Brendan McBrien

Brendan McBrien


General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $52.00; (digital) - $52.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Ratchet
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Contraption is a tone poem describing an imaginary machine of great size and power. The word "contraption" is defined as "a device or machine regarded as strange, incomprehensible, or makeshift." This concept has been applied to the construction of this musical composition. The creation of this piece was accomplished in the same way an inventor might build a physical contraption, in this case limited to three main component "parts" plus an interlude.

- Program Note by publisher


To my son Patrick, and his love for all things that float, fly and go.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

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Media


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Works for Winds by this Composer


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