Symphony IV (Boysen)

From Wind Repertory Project
Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Subtitle: For Winds and Percussion

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 11:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


1. Fast - 3:45
2. Smooth and Flowing - 1:35
3. Scherzo and Trio - 1:35
4. Fast - 4:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bell
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Slapstick
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone

Players vocalizing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Symphony No. 4 follows a traditional form. However, the entire work is based on the octatonic scale, an alternation of half-steps and whole-steps. By using this scale, the Symphony includes both great dissonance as well as great consonance in sounds and colors, and creates a unique work for band.

- Program Note from the University of North Dakota University Band concert program, 13 October 2020

Symphony No. 4 for Winds and Percussion was commissioned by and dedicated to the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band (Skokie, Illinois). It was premiered at the 2004 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference on January 30, 2004, with the composer conducting.

Written in four movements, Symphony No. 4 derives most of its motivic material from its opening two measures. Several extended techniques and contemporary compositional methods are used throughout the work. These include bowed percussion, dissonance, aleatoric music, unmetered measures, singing, and extended use of the octatonic scale.

- Program Note from McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 22 December 2006


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class B


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  • Kansas State University Concert Band (Zack Deininger, conductor) - 7 March 2024
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Symphony Band (Scott R. Corley, conductor) - 20 October 2023
  • Wichita (Kan.) State University Symphonic Band (Steve Oare, conductor) - 2023
  • Washington University in St, Louis (Mo.) Wind Ensemble (Chris Becker, conductor) - 17 November 2022
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Eric Wiltshire, conductor) - 18 May 2022
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 29 September 2021
  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Symphonic Band (R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 30 April 2021
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) University Band (James Popejoy, conductor) - 13 October 2020
  • California All-State Junior High School Symphonic Band (Timothy Harris, conductor) - 23 February 2020 (2020 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Barry L. Houser, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Ian Richard, conductor) - 27 May 2015
  • Perkiomen Valley High School Band (Collegeville, Pa.) (2013)
  • University of Nevada (Reno) Symphonic Band (Chris Chapman and Alan Sullivan, conductors) – 20 March 2008 (CBDNA 2008 Western/Northwestern Division Conference, Reno, Nev.)
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 22 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Boysen Jr., conductor) - 30 January 2004 *Premiere Performance*

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