Hypnotic Fireflies

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $15.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Mallet Percussion I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Amplified metal slinky
  • Bar Chimes
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This creative commissioned work was inspired by the composer’s vision of an open field on a summer night, with thousands of fireflies lighting up the darkness. Intended to take listeners on a metaphorical journey, the piece envisions being hypnotized by the flashing lights from a distance before awakening in the middle of the field surrounded by their magnificent glow. A soft introduction, initially featuring piano accompanied by soft metallic sounds from percussion, represents the view of the field and the twinkling lights from a distance, The music slowly intensifies to a point that listeners soon find themselves in the middle of the field surrounded by the fireflies. Driving rhythms and thick textures represents the lights reaching their peak, before the glow and musical intensity begins to fade. The hypnotic effect occurs again as listeners are transported back to their original location observing the fireflies from afar before being engulfed by darkness and silence. The piano is an essential part of the piece, and a part is also included for amplified metal slinky.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, Aug. 2013, p. 41.


State Ratings

  • Texas: II. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Fontana, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Jim Johnson, conductor) – 19 February 2022 (2022 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Ks.) Symphonic Band (Jennifer Whyte, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) University Band (Amy M. Knopps, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Middle School Songer Honor Band (Eric Songer, conductor) – 30 January 2020
  • Scarsdale (N.Y.) High School Symphonic Band (Brian Balmages, conductor) – 21 February 2019 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • Casteel High School (Queen Creek, Ariz.) Symphonic Band (Drew Eary, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James Dreiling, conductor) – 25 October 2016
  • San Jose Wind Symphony (Edward Harris, conductor) - 9 March 2014
  • Cabrillo College (Aptos, Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Jon Nordgren, conductor) - 19 May 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Brian Balmages website Accessed 15 September 2020
  • Balmages, B. (2012). Hypnotic Fireflies [score]. FJH Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.