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Noisy Wheels of Joy

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Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre


General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carpe Ranam Productions (ASCAP), distributed by Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00 | Score Only - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe/English Horn
Bassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Soprano Saxophone
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Harp
Piano/Celeste
Mallets
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

Score and Parts:

  • Trumpet 1 - Remove mute at Letter E
  • Trombone 2 - Remove mute at Letter E


Program Notes

Travel of any kind would be difficult without the invention of the wheel. Conceived as a raucous "opera buffo" style overture, Noisy Wheels of Joy by composer Eric Whitacre was commissioned by the Band Composers Masterworks Consortium and premiered at the 2001 American Bandmasters Association convention by the University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Symphony.

The structure is quite formal, but the three themes (love, adventure and buffo) get thrown around the wind symphony with wild abandon.

- Program Note from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra 2007 concert program


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • California: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Texas: V


Performances

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  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Skye Holmes, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Mo.) Wind Symphony (Brian Hopwood, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Gettysburg (Penn.) College Wind Symphony (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 12 April 2019
  • Edison High School (Fresno. Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Brad Feyma, conductor) - 17 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • California State University, Northridge, Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 27 November 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Joshua Gall, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • California State University, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) – 12 April 2018
  • Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School Symphonic Honors Band (Kevin Arnott, conductor) - 2 April 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 28 April 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Ben Blasko, conductor) – 12 April 2017
  • Lemoore (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Shawn McElhaney, conductor) - 24 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Michael Schofield, conductor) - 15 April 2016 (2016 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 2 December 2015
  • Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa) (Mark Doerffel, conductor) - 12 April 2015
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) - 2 November 2014
  • Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band (New York City) (Nolan Dresden, conductor) - 12 December 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Whitacre, E. (2001). Noisy Wheels of Joy [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.