Rust Belt

From Wind Repertory Project
Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall

Subtitle: An Overture for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - Free


Full Score
Solo C Trumpet I-II
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum, Pedal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Siren
  • Snare Drum
  • Steel Drums
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

'The Rust Belt’ is a term for the region straddling the upper North-Eastern United States, the Great Lakes, and the Midwest States, referring to economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once-powerful industrial sector.

Rust Belt was inspired by a photo essay featuring images from this region, such as abandoned factories and derelict neighborhoods. The music suggests the vibrancy, the blue-collar energy and optimism that used to permeate those sites. It evokes the nostalgia of the inhabitants for the good years and their yearning for a return to relevance and dignity.

The musical material is generated from a 12-note ‘row’ that is used consistently throughout, either in melody or bass, though always in the context of a triadic tonal harmonic language. In reflection of the industrial theme, much use is made of metallic percussion, including anvil and steel drums. And the siren is also prominently featured.

Rust Belt was commissioned in 2017 by the United States Air Force Academy Band to celebrate the Air Force's 70th anniversary and premiered under the baton of Shanti Simon, with Tim Allums and Adrian Holton solo trumpets.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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