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Leaf Metal

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Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts

Subtitle: For Large Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 15:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II-III
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
Harp I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Maracas
  • Noise Makers, various
  • Opera Gong
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, small and large
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Leaf Metal was commissioned by and is dedicated with admiration to friend and conductor Eric Hewitt and the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble. I have long admired Eric, who champions composers with unparalleled energy, helping to create exciting new repertoire for wind ensemble (and other ensembles).

When I first began discussing the work with Eric, I knew immediately that I wanted to write something “oceanic,” that I would use the whole ensemble like a vast organism. Fleeting soloistic creatures emerge briefly, but are quickly subsumed by the overall sound-mass which flows through a variety of episodes. The title, meant as a poetic suggestion, brings together the natural and the industrial, the decorative and the solid. There are other associations in the work as well: amplified, microtonal harps help create detuned textures which live alongside brassy chords that evoke distorted “big band.” I don’t consider the work to be postmodern, though; rather, these fleeting associations are transient figures that arise from and return into the ocean of sound that carries the work.

- Program Note by composer

This work received its premiere 2 November 2012 by the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Eric Hewitt, conductor.

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Eric Hewitt, conductor) – 16 September 2016
  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Eric Hewitt, conductor) – 2 November 2012 *Premiere Performance*

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