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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

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Subtitle: A Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $220.00


1. Vivace fantastique - 8:30
3. - 7:10


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (Oboe II doubles English horn)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Floor Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ocen Drum
  • Police Whistle
  • Two quarters (or small smooth rocks)
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Solo Brass Quintet


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dodecafecta is derived from combining Dodeca —the Greek prefix for twelve—and Tnfecta, which is the fortuitous phenomenon of a good result coming in threes. At the outset of this project, Jacob Cameron, the leader of Spectrum Brass, envisioned a consortium of twelve collegiate schools coming together to commission a new concerto for brass quintet and wind ensemble from me. When the project became a reality, I was immediately struck with the idea of writing a fanciful, almost circus-like piece, with non-stop energy throughout. That, in essence, is the first movement: eight minutes of driving rhythms and colorful orchestration. Ironically, after the piece was already entitled (at least in my head), two more schools were added. Since I didn’t know the Greek prefix for fourteen, I left the title alone.

- Program Note by composer

The premiere took place December 16, 2010, at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, with Matthew George conducting the grand Symphonic Winds.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 24 February 2016
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 7 December 2015
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho, Symphony Band (Diane Soelberg, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 13 March 2014
  • UW-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor; Wisconsin Brass Quintet) - 5 October 2012

Works for Winds by this Composer