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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


1. Launch
2. Floating, Yet Falling
3. Spacewalk - 3:15


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Experience the International Space Station through the power of music. This epic three-movement work musically depicts several astronauts' first-hand accounts of launch, first experiences of floating, and a breathtaking spacewalk. Movements include Launch; Floating, yet Falling; and Spacewalk.

-Program Note by publisher

Balmages said this about Open Space:

This piece is easily one of the most intriguing pieces I have written in my career as a composer. It is inspired by a friend of mine, G. Reid Wiseman, who is an astronaut with NASA. Wiseman spent two years preparing to launch and spent six months on the International Space Station, where he actually was when Open Space was premiered.

The piece is broken into three movements, each dealing with a specific aspect of his mission. The third movement, Spacewalk, was inspired by the following comment: 'If I get to do a spacewalk, that will certainly be the absolute highlight of the mission -- the scariest, most intense, and probably the most rewarding. And the view when outside in a spacesuit ... the only thing between you and Earth is a two-mm thick piece of glass. Wow.'

Open Space was commissioned by the American School Band Directors Association and was primered at the 60th ASBDA National Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

- Program Note by the Utah Wind Symphony

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