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Michael Colgrass

Michael Colgrass

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Subtitle: Music of India Through Western Ears, for Wind Ensemble, 2005

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 13:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $76.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Southern Utah University Wind Symphony and premiered 19 April 2006 with James Smart conducting.

- Program Note from score

Colgrass subtitled the piece “Music of India through Western ears,” explaining "… I don’t attempt to replicate Indian music in this piece... Nor do I intend to create a hybrid of East-West musical styles... Instead my aim is to filter Indian music through my Western musical experience and cast it in a new way."

Regarding the genesis of the work, the composer writes,

"Raag Mala was inspired by the many concerts of Indian classical music I have heard over the years. A music society called “Raag- Mala”–meaning a garland of ragas—brings the best classical musicians and singers to Toronto every year. I have often left these concerts singing the ragas I had heard and embellishing on them from my own imagination. Raag Mala is the result of those musings."

- Program Note from Individual Digital Teacher Resource Guide, GIA Publications

Commercial Discography


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