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Passacaglia (Jackson)

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Timothy Jackson

Timothy Jackson

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas/Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Soprano Sax
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There is no specific programme to this piece except that it was originally conceived as the finale of a Symphony for 32 horns, and it was Tim Reynish – himself a distinguished former professional horn player of course – who suggested that I rework it for symphonic winds.

One of the great strengths of the original line-up, particularly in this movement, is the ensemble’s capacity to create a really homogeneous sound, and as I considered the new version I had it in mind to exploit this feature. I hope the result is something band directors will enjoy using to work on the blending of sounds and balance within the wind ensemble. It’s also a soundworld which particularly suits the passacaglia form, with its uninterrupted flow and development of ideas, the continuous unfolding variations and expansion of material over and ever-present, underlying motif (the motif here is heard initially on unison clarinets and bassoons underpinned by bass drum strokes).

Like most passacaglias, the pulse is steady, and it begins in a rather solemn, contemplative mood. As the work progresses, though the spirit is transformed, with more rapid musical figures increasingly emerging contrapuntally from the texture to bring it (I hope!) to a triumphantly positive conclusion.

- Program Note by Timothy Jackson


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Chethams School Wind Orchestra (Tim Reynish, conductor) – 15 March 2008
  • National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales (Tim Reynish, conductor) – 6 March 2008

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