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Symphony IV (Barnes)

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James Barnes

James Barnes

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $190.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


Full Score
Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet in Eb
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Slap Stick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangles (2)
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The original version, for orchestra, was commissioned for the 40th Anniversary of the Youth Orchestra of Kansas City. It was premiered by that ensemble in May 2000. The wind version was scored by Mark Rogers and was premiered by University of Alabama Wind Symphony, Gerald Welker conductor, at the 2002 CBDNA Southern Regional Conference in Atlanta, GA. The work is programmatic in nature. The first movement is intended to evoke the beginning of the day, in the mountains along the Yellowstone River. The opening is soft with mallet percussion, piccolos, and clarinet playing the note G followed by stepwise melodic material in the flutes. The second movement “describes the humorous and chaotic scrambling of an alerted herd of pronghorns” according to the composer. The tempo is marked “lickety split” at 138-144 bpm in 2/4 time. The final movement begins with a fanfare of trumpets from both on and off stage. The music illustrates the Tower Falls and the overall beauty of the national park.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.

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Additional Works for Winds by this Composer

Additional Resources

  • Barnes, J. (2002). Fourth symphony [score]. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music Company.