Spinning Yarns

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Ryan Lindveit

Ryan Lindveit

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General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ryan Lindveit
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I
English Horn/Oboe II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I am fascinated by multi-layered storytelling. Spinning Yarns is a result of that fascination. Margaret Atwood’s novel The Blind Assassin was a particularly rich source of inspiration. In this novel, each chapter is part of a different sub-novel. A crime novel is right next to a memoir which is right next to a pulp science fiction story, which is right next to a romance novel. The interaction between each of these layers creates a large and hugely dramatic narrative.

Spinning Yarns is a collection of diverse narrative threads stitched together into a dramatic musical tapestry. Like an Atwoodian multi-layered novel, the music oscillates between narrative layers of different sizes and scopes. The music moves between dreamlike uncertainty, chaotic heroism, sarcastic dancing, pensive sleepwalking, airy lyricism, and climactic hubris. As the drama unfolds, these disparate elements re-emerge, and inform and interact with each other. The premiere was given on June 16, 2015, by The President's Own United States Marine Band conducted by Joseph Higgins as part of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project.

- Program Note by composer


  • Selected Composition for the 2015 National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project
  • Winner, 2015 USC New Music for Wind Ensemble Competition
  • 2016ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, Special Distinction


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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