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Geometrics in Sound

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Martin Mailman

Martin Mailman

Subtitle: Geometrics No. 2

This work bears the designation Opus 29.

General Info

Year: 1962 / 1964
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


Full Score
D-flat or C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet or Cornet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Score:

  • Bassoon, m.114, beat 1: Has a fortissimo and E-flat Baritone Saxophone has a sffz, while all other wind instruments have fortississimos.
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.4, beat 3: The B-flat should be natural. The second B-flat on beat 4 is correct. (Incorrect accidentals such as this are a recurring problem in this printing.)

Program Notes

Geometrics in Sound, Opus 29 is the second in Mailman's series of concert band compositions exploring and developing musical motifs by use of frequent shifts in metric patterns and extensively varying the major themes. This is a characteristic composition approach Mailman developed in many of his concert band compositions, particularly the five works in his Geometrics series. Composed without a key signature, subtitled Geometrics No. 2, the work is dedicated to Herbert L. Carter and the East Carolina College Symphonic Band for which he served as long-time and universally respected conductor and teacher.

- Program note from score


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: V


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  • Jacksonville (Fla.) University Wind Ensemble (Chris Cresswell, conductor) - 24 September 2022

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