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Millennium Canons

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Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts (arr. Mark Spede)

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2003
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: V see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $300.00   |   Score Only - $65.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Baritone II and euphonium II, m.46: The measure has no note in it. It should be whole note concert G below the staff.

Program Notes

Composer Kevin Puts wrote Millennium Canons to usher in a new millennium with fanfare, celebration and lyricism. Its rising textures and melodic counterpoint are created through use of the canon, which also provides rhythmic propulsion.

- Program note by Virginia Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2012

Commissioned by the Institute for American Music of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester for Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premiered the work in June 2001 at Symphony Hall in Boston. Mark Spede arranged this version for wind ensemble for the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, director.

- Program notes by composer

Kevin Puts’ Millennium Canon is a work that looks both backward to the masters of the past and forward to the innovations of the contemporary through its inclusion of such elements as a rhythmic vitality and vibrant orchestrational palette characteristic of the early 21st century with clever imitative counterpoint -- a hallmark of Baroque masters such as Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach in particular is known for his mastery of fugues, inventions and canons, which give their inspiration to the title of the work.

Taking the concept of a canon (not an artillery weapon, spelled cannon, although the bombastic nature of the piece might lead the listener to think otherwise), in which identical melodic content is sounded simultaneously with time-spaced starting points, Puts creates a tapestry of styles ranging from the bold and declamatory fanfares stated in four distinct trumpet parts in the work’s exterior sections to beautiful lyrical melodic strands shared between a sweetly tinged saxophone duet. Admittedly, the piece hardly sounds like Johann Sebastian Bach, with its gamut of extended tertian harmonies and brash visceral force, but the structural and stylistic elegance that lies underneath is what carries the piece from beginning to triumphant close.

- Program Note by Jacob Wallace for Baylor Wind Ensemble concert program, 11 February 2016



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 7 February 2023
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Jay S. Gephart, conductor) – 18 February 2022
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Adam Wilke, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (2020 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 5 February 2020
  • University of Nebraska Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Karen Fannin, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew J. Esch, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (Manassas, Va.)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 20 February 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) - 19 February 2019
  • United States Navy Band (Washington, D.C.) (Kenneth Collins, conductor) - 11 January 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (David Campo, conductor) – 9 October 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 1 October 2018
  • Ohlone Wind Ensemble (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 6 May 2018
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Ensemble (John Zastoupil, conductor) – 23 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southwestern Conference, Houston, Texas)
  • Baldwin Wallace Conservatory (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dwight Oltman, conductor) – 12 February 2018 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) – 9 February 2018
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 1 December 2017
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 20 November 2017

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