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Robert Linn

Robert Linn

General Info

Year: 1970
Duration: c. 12:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute
English Horn Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Timpani Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


For a complete list, see the Fall 1996 article in the CBDNA report on page 9.

Program Notes

Propagula is a botanical term which refers to the propagative parts of a plant, such as the buds or shoots. In this composition the musical "buds" introduced in the opening section serve to generate all the melodic ideas that follow. The piece may be described as a set of free variations consisting of eight sections with contrasting moods: theme, march, waltz, dirge, scherzo, fanfare, chorale, and fugue.

Commissioned and first performed by the West Texas State University Band directed by Gary Garner, Propagula was subsequently selected to represent the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association at its convention held January 1973 at the University of Illinois.

- Program Note by Robert Linn


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI   ---  (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature")


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 23 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Casey, Patrick. "Errata Corner: Propagula by Robert Linn" CBDNA Report (Fall 1996): 9–11.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 862-869.
  • Robert Linn website