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Missing Generation, A

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Joel Balzun

Joel Balzun

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Joel Balzun
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Oboe II/English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V (II opt. double piccolo trumpet)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Concert Tom (4)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Lion's Roar
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Missing Generation (2010) is a tone poem inspired by a missions trip to Cambodia in 2009. The title refers to the demographical situation, where a large generation gap exists in the population due to the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge. Melodically based upon a Cambodian children's tune that is simple and naïve in nature, this theme is the only fully developed idea, penetrating the entire piece as a story of strife, tension, revolution, resolution and new beginnings unfolds. Every other new motive is stifled after only a few beats -- as any grasp at freedom during this time would have been crushed and removed.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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