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Global Variations

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Nigel Hess

Nigel Hess

General Info

Year: 1990
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Faber Music Ltd.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £69.99   |   Score Only (print) - £10.99


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
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-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • African Long Drums (2)
  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Stamping Sticks
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tabla (2)
  • Tabor
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whip
  • Wobble Board
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Around the world in just over eight minutes!

Although commissioned for a Youth Band, no concessions are made here for lack of technical ability, particularly in the percussion department. The chimes of Big Ben herald the start of a whistle-stop global journey, calling in turn at France, Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Russia, India, China, Australia, South America, and the USA, with a final detour through Ireland and Scotland before hearing Big Ben once more as we arrive home!

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Hess, N. (1990). Global Variations: For Symphonic Wind Band [score]. Faber Music: London.