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Horror Vacui

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Andrew David Perkins

Andrew David Perkins

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Andrew David Perkins
Cost: Score and Parts – Available 2022


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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
Bass Trombone
Pipe Organ/Piano (optional)
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Waterphone
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Latin horror vacui (fear of empty spaces) or kenophobia (from the Greek for ‘fear of the empty’) is a concept that has been expressed in visual art as the filling of the entire surface of a space or a work with detail. In physics, horror vacui reflects Aristotle’s idea that nature abhors a vacuum. The expression of extreme detail and ornamentation is present throughout history, transcending culture and medium.

Horror Vacui for concert band interprets the concept both literally and conceptually: with dense, busy orchestration, and as a metaphor for the fear of isolation and death. Stylistically, the work alludes to the many classic sci-fi and horror film scores of midcentury American cinema, the subjects of which were often aliens, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, monsters, zombies, and demons. The melodramatic and absurd aesthetic of these films made them both terrifying, yet comical, giving the audience an experience that was both horrific and laughable. Trick or treat.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Oliver, conductor) - 19 October 2021
  • Ensemble and conductor unknown – June 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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