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Stephen Bulla

Stephen Bulla


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General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $119.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets/B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Firestorm was composed by Stephen Bulla for the United States Army Band and had its first performance on 27th April 1991. Composed as a single-movement rhapsody, the work is framed by the riveting sounds of airborne bombing raids. The interior of the work is cast in flashback sequences. The first feature is a frenetic melody that captures the free-spirited antics of a Baghdad market scene. Following is a poignant soliloquy depicting the calm, unspoiled beauty of the Iraqi countryside before the siege.

Stephen Bulla noted that his sense of inner creativity surrounding this project was directly related to the emotional impact of the war upon him.

The final page of his score bears the following poignant inscription: "Completed February 26 1991, Kuwait liberated today."

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: I
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Bulla, S. (1992). Firestorm [score]. De Haske Music: Heerenveen, Holland.
  • Curnow Music