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Half-Mast Inhibition

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

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General Info

Year: 1939
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: xxx
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Half-Mast Inhibition was written in 1939 when Mingus was only 17 years old, and the composer cited the piece as his first work to explore extended formal structures. The piece includes 18 different sections of music and capitalizes on what even today can be considered unique orchestration. Mingus’ wide timbral palette explores various moods, from the disgruntled nature of the cello marching above the ensemble to ponderousness evoked by the distorted quotation of Jingle Bells in the tenor saxophone.

- Program Note by Louis Menchaca for the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble concert program, 6 December 2021


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State Ratings

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  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (James Spinazzola, conductor; Greg Hesselink, cello) - 6 December 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer


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