Gravity Wave

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Crystal Glasses (2)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This dynamic and intense work describes a phenomenon in which clouds follow the same pattern as waves in the ocean. After an introspective opening, the music grows in intensity with long sustained chords pushing through intense rhythmic movement. Eventually, woodwinds become the focus of the work in a subdued section before undulating percussion begin the final powerful drive. Woodwinds join in a flurry of activity while brass players sustain epic chords once more, until a whirlwind of notes converge into one chaotic statement, punctuated by dissonant chords in the brass.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

Maryland: IV


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