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Midnight in Buenos Aires

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Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb


General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - ₤84.95   |   Score Only (print) - ₤17.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Bari Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet (in Eb) (optional)
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum (with a foot pedal)
  • Cow bell
  • Cymbals (suspended and Crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Pantomime whistle
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Midnight in Buenos Aires was born out of the composer’s early attraction to Latin American music – in particular the tango. The work sets out to capture the combination of darkness, violence, mystery, and seductive passion that make up this Argentinean dance.

The work, which last around 11 minutes, is in two parts. An opening Andante which starts with menacing drum beats and continues in a corrupt and decadent style. The main Allegro commences in fragmentary manner before the trumpet starts a “night-club” theme that has an important role throughout the whole episode. There is a shorter, quieter, middle section before the return of the opening drumbeats, and the faster music has the final word.

The work was commissioned by the Harmonie St. Caecilla Blerick and their Principal Conductor, Andreas Van Zoellen.

- Program Note by Adam Gorb


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Knightwind Ensemble [Milwaukee, Wisc.] (Erik Janners, conductor) - 18 November 2012
  • University of Louisville Wind Ensemble (Frederick Speck, conductor) - 16 February 2008
  • Harmonie St. Caecilla Blerick (Andreas van Zoelen, conductor) - 8-9 January 2008
  • Harmonie St. Caecilla Blerick (Andreas van Zoelen, conductor) - 26-27 October 2007   -  **WORLD PREMIERE**


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Adam Gorb website
  • Gorb, A. (2007). Midnight in Buenos Aires [score]. Studio Music Company: London.