Subtitle: A Short Symphony for Band (Symphony No. 2)
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: General Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.
- Full Score
- C Piccolo
- Flute I-II
- Oboe I-II
- E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
- B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
- B-flat Bass Clarinet
- E-flat Alto Saxophone
- B-flat Tenor Saxophone
- E-flat Baritone Saxophone
- B-flat Cornet I-II-III
- B-flat Trumpet I-II
- Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Trombone I-II
- Bass Trombone
- Percussion, including:
- *Gong (large)
- *Snare Drum
- *Suspended Cymbals (3: small, medium and large)
- *Temple Blocks
- *Tom-toms (3: small, medium and large)
- *Triangle (small)
- *Wood Block
None discovered thus far.
This work was commissioned by the Carnegie Mellon Symphonic Band and dedicated to the members of the band and its conductor, Richard E. Strange.
The sound structures of this composition can be understood by considering the titles originally considered for the composition. The first title was Mosaic, which suggested several sections and motives as part of a total. Another possibility considered was Entwined, a suggestion of the way several ideas interrelate before an ultimate resolution. And finally, Cumbres was the title chosen as the best to describe the composer's intentions, which was a speculation on high instrumental ranges as well as high emotional levels.
Again, the masterful way in which the composer uses his technical resources, as in aleatoric passages with electronic-like results, brings some dramatic effects. This is part of Balada's imprint: a music with emotion and vitality, always young and powerful.
The premiere of Cumbres took place at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 18,1971 performed by the Carnegie Mellon Symphonic Band conducted by Richard E. Strange.
- Program Note by Marta Cureses for Albany CD Leonardo Balada
Cumbres features much aleatory, and is best done with a large band with ample doubling.
- Audio: [xxx Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown]
- Audio: [xxx Reference recording. MIDI realization]
- Audio CD: Carnegie Mellon Symphonic Band (Richard E. Strange, conductor) – 2007
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Banda Municipal de Música de A Coruña (Spain) (Andrés Valero-Castells, conductor) – 28 February 2016
- Carnegie Mellon Symphonic Band (Richard E. Strange, conductor) – 18 April 1971 (Carnegie Hall, New York) – *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Cello Concerto No. 1 for nine players (1962)
- Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion (1974)
- Cumbres (1971)
- Quasi Adelita (1981)
- Song and Dance (1992)
- Union of the Oceans (1994)
- Viola Concerto (2009 – 2010)
- Balada, L. (1971). Cumbres: A Short Symphony for Band [score]. General Music Pub.: Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
- "Cumbres; A Short Symphony for Band." Wind Band Symphony Archive. Accessed 17 August 2023