Marche Diabolique

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Percussion, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Marche Diabolique borrows elements of the traditional concert march and sets them within a contemporary framework to create a work that can actually function as a march or as a main concert piece. The work makes extensive use of the tritone. Surrounding the tritone is an expansive, dark harmonic language. Marked “menacing and deliberate,” the music comes across as direct and almost somewhat invasive. The opening rhythm in the clarinets becomes the foundation of the entire work and remains somewhat constant while material around it continuously evolves.

Marche Diabolique was commissioned by the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Eastern District for the 2014 All-District Middle School Symphonic Band.

- Program Note by the Antoinette Reading Junior High School Band concert program 17 December 2014


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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