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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

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
2. Rigid
3. Presto Circoso - 7:10


Full Score
Solo B-flat Trumpet I-II
Solo Horn in F
Solo Trombone
Solo Tuba
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English horn)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Floor Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ocean Drum
  • Police Whistle
  • Quarters (2; or small smooth rocks)
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


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

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