From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

This work is the second movement of Bryant's Parody Suite.

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Side Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

ImPercynations evolved from a similar impulse as another work of mine, Chester Leaps In, both of which are a part of my Parody Suite. Melodic fragments from various pieces of music tend to embed themselves in my mind and repeat in short little loops incessantly, necessitating some sort of exorcism. In the case of Chester Leaps In, I took the initial phrase of the melody and juxtaposed it with radically different music, in order to provide some humorous contrast (and perhaps also to try and jar the whole thing loose from my head).

With ImPercynations, I took a different approach with the source music, and used various melodies and melodic fragments from each of the six movements of Lincolnshire Posy as foils for each other, so that the entire work is built from material drawn from Percy Grainger’s original. The motivic and rhythmic foundation of the piece is from the first movement, Lisbon, which provides the (mostly) 6/8 meter and the majority of musical material, followed closely by melodies from the sixth movement (The Lost Lady Found), with sprinklings of fragments from the middle movements.

Grainger described his Lincolnshire Posy, based on English folk-songs, as a bouquet of musical “wildflowers.” If his music is a bouquet, then ImPercynations is the genetically-altered, crossbred, hybrid offspring of his wildflowers -- a musical “Franken-flower.” Welcome to my laboratory.

- Program Note by composer

This work was commissioned by Joe Brashier and the Valdosta State University Wind Ensemble in honor of Ed Barr's years of service to the Department of Music. It received its premier 20 April 2002 with Joseph Brashier and the Valdosta State University Wind Ensemble.


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Matthew Morse, conductor) - 9 October 2022
  • University of Memphis (Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Albert Nguyen, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Symphony (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) - 25 April 2018
  • Clovis North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (Albert Nguyen, conductor) - 21 April 2017 (2017 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 11 October 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphony Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 9 February 2016
  • Sunderman Conservatory (Gettysburg, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 2 December 2011

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  • Bryant, S.; Grianger, P. (2002). ImPercynations [score]. Gorilla Salad Productions: [United States].
  • Steven Bryan website