Invention 3

From Wind Repertory Project
Joel Blahnik

Joel Blahnik

General Info

Year: 1989, 1993
Duration: 7:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timpani
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Invention No. 3 was commissioned by David Pelow, conductor of the Gillett High School Band, Gillett, Wisconsin, is dedicated to my youngest child, Jennifer. There are intended representations of her in this work. Part I, Statement, is based upon only three pitches. It is intended to start as a genesis from infinity and build to an intense climax off of the the three-note motif which, when becoming compressed creates drama. Think of this process as a long pulling gradual crescendo, symbolic of the growth process, culminating in three different chords representing the harmonic trilogy of the family, mother, father, child.

Part II Development carries that idea into a format of fun and joy. The three note scheme works into a paraphrase of a Czech folk song, Tece Voda, as well as a graduated rendering of an old Hussite hymn, Kdoz jste Bozi bojovnici. The wild abandon tempo that follows is a dance falop, mirroring the Czech song, Vesela bida. This gaming proceeds into the melodic elements of the song in a pentatonic fashion, which when stated in canon, moves into a "free pentatonic improvisation" sport. At this point, all measured time stops with percussion tacet. The resulting effect is a "lift-off" sensation, as if breaking gravity, with all voices improvising in a free-layered pentatonic fashion. From a full tutti improvisation, the band can be gradually thinned down to a single voice or two.

Program Note by Joel Blahnik

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