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Daniel Montoya Jr

Daniel Montoya Jr

Subtitle: For Symphonic Winds

General Info

Year: 2015 / 2016
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Montoya Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-VIII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Concert Tom (5)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Egg Shaker
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ice Bell
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

October 21, 2015. Movie aficionados will likely recognize this date, especially if they adore films of the 1980s, for it is commonly referred to as “Back to the Future Day.” In Back to the Future II, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) journeys ahead in time, and in one of the movie’s most memorable scenes McFly flees a shady set of individuals and commandeers a little girl’s scooter to help him escape. As McFly removes the scooter’s handlebars, making it into a skateboard, he notices that the base has no wheels: it floats above the ground, allowing the rider to soar through the air at a breakneck pace. Since the film’s premiere, fans have anxiously awaited the creation of a real, functional hoverboard, and although a prototypes exist, it remains unavailable to the mass public. In lieu of a flying device, inventors have ingeniously manufactured a motorized two-wheeled scooter; it is the average person’s closest option to McFly’s contraption, but its potential is unquestionably constrained by wheels and gravity.

Using these images as inspiration and drawing upon experience with his own motorized scooter, Montoya imaginatively portrays someone using a hoverboard for the first time. He nods to the soundscape of Alan Silvestri, who composed the music for the Back to the Future trilogy, by incorporating metallic percussion throughout, emphasizing the tritone interval, and recalling the initial three notes of Silvestri’s main theme at the very end of the piece. The opening music depicts the tingling excitement and awe of seeing the revolutionary apparatus. An ascending melody tries to build but is repeatedly stopped short, symbolizing the protagonist’s awkward fledging attempts to ride the machine. For a moment, a measure of success is found; however, as anyone who has tried to skateboard knows, balance is lost and falls occur. Hence the only way to master the hoverboard is to remount and persevere. At some point, practice makes perfect, confidence and fun overtake timidity, and the rider zooms around at an exhilarating speed. As a result, what was once highly anticipated and in the future now becomes a conquered thing of the past!

- Program Note from score

Commissioned By: The Lake Orion Schools' Band Directors and Boosters for their 2016 Symphonic Celebrations Concert

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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