Like an Altar with 9,000 Robot Attendants

From Wind Repertory Project
Ryan Lindveit

Ryan Lindveit

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ryan Lindveit
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Part rental with score purchase ($275.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


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
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Flexitone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Log Drums (2)
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal (medium small)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The wind ensemble version of Like an Altar with 9,000 Robot Attendants was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles organized by H. Robert Reynolds, to whom the work is dedicated.

- Program Note from publisher

Like an Altar with 9,000 Robot Attendants was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story There Will Come Soft Rains (1950). The futuristic story describes a computer-controlled house, in which robots do everything from cooking breakfast to cleaning house. The house even reads poetry aloud. In Bradbury’s future, all humans have been destroyed, but this house remains steadfast to its tasks in service of its absent denizens. The author describes it: “And inside, the house was like an altar with nine thousand robot attendants, big and small, servicing, attending, singing in choirs, even though the gods had gone away and the ritual was meaningless.” All humans have been annihilated, and yet Bradbury’s futurist prose remains characteristically exuberant in describing these household robots -- a tension which stimulated me to write the music in this piece. I also felt that the orchestra -- an ensemble associated with myriad rituals -- was the perfect medium through which to explore ideas of robotic ritual.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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