Out of Nowhere

From Wind Repertory Project
Rolf Rudin

Rolf Rudin

This work bears the designation Opus 76.

General Info

Year: 2007 / 2008
Duration: c. 14:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: edition flor
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Rolf Rudin


Full Score
Flute I-II
Alto Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (crash, 3 suspended)
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam (3, small, medium, large)
  • Tom Toms (3)
  • Triangles (3, small, medium, large)
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraophone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Out of Nowhere was commissioned by the University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble, Matthew J. George, Conductor, and premiered on March 2, 2008, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later performed on March 14, 2008, at the 2008 CBDNA North Division Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.

"In many mythical stories the magical people appear “Out of Nowhere”. So, in Irish Mythology it’s said that a group of ancient people known as the Túatha Dé Danaan came to Ireland. They came out of heaven or appeared out of the air and threw darkness for three days all over the sun. They drove out the tribes who were living there before and ruled over Ireland a long period of time.

Later in the mythical history of Ireland the Túatha Dé Danaan were conquered themselves by the Milesian tribes at which point they became known as the original Irish Fairies and lived in subterranean domiciles – in the underworld. They disappeared as mysteriously as they appeared but ruled still out of the life hereafter. A magical fog hid them from the mortal people."

- Program note by composer

Out of Nowhere is an atmospheric work. Opening with murky chords in the woodwinds, it conjures up images of swirling mists and mysticism. Rudin's orchestration uses the softer tones of the orchestra and allows for the continuation of phrases throughout various sections of the ensemble. A vocal drone underneath a lute and English horn solo is a moment of magical, spine tingling atmospheric playing. The piece then shifts to a tribal like sound, before calming down and finishing out as softly as it began.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony concert program, 17 November 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Carl Mazzio, conductor) – 17 November 2016
  • Yuetao Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Taipei, Taiwan) (Gary Brattin, Conductor) - 30 March 2010

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