Moscow, 1941 (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2006 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

(Includes parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 for each wind instrument)

Full Score

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Alto Clef
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Mallet Percussion
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Moscow, 1941 is inspired by the stand of the Red Army against the German invasion of Moscow during World War II. The Russians stood strong, and pushed the Germans out of Moscow by launching an attack of their own.

The piece starts slowly and gradually builds, though there are moments in the early going of uncertainty between acceleration and deceleration. As the intensity builds there are still moments of uncertainty portrayed through dynamics before the final climax and the Russian victory over the Germans.

- Program Note by Tyler Strickland for the University of Iowa University Band concert program, 3 May 2021

Based on the famous Russian song Meadowlands, this work also uses original material to tell the story of the Red Army successfully defending Moscow against the German invasion of World War II.

Moscow, 1941 was commissioned by the Perry Hall Middle School Symphonic Band (Perry Hall, Maryland), Neil Fishler and Kelly Clavell, directors.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Central High School (Rochester, Minn.) Concert Band (Amanda Kaus, conductor) - 19 May 2021
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College Wind Ensemble (A.J. Beu, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • Memorial Middle School (Sioux Falls, S.D.) 8th Grade Band (John Laughlin, conductor) - 12 February 2021

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