Meditation (Schuller)

From Wind Repertory Project
Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller

General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc. through Wise Music Classical
Cost: Score & Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV (IV Alto Flute optional)
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Suspended Cymbals (3)
  • Timpani
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The main characteristics of this work were pre-determined by the terms and implications of the commission: a piece of "restful" music playable by high school bands. I decided that I would devote much of the work to exploration of individual and mass sonorities available in the band; thus, the multiple divisi of the clarinets, the considerable use of the low-register members of the clarinet family, the juxtaposition of various brass sonorities throughout the piece, and in general, the exploitation of the lyric quality of wind instruments.

Twelve-tone organization in this work is relatively simple, being limited to the use of one row, or set form, at a time. Thus, the prime form is represented in the first twelve pitches heard in the composition. The inversion of the row is used next, followed by its retrograde and retrograde inversion. This four-part pattern is continued throughout the other eleven transpositions of the set.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Schuller, G. (1965). Meditation: For Concert Band [score]. Associated Music Pub.: New York.