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Tangents Angular

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Roland Barrett

Roland Barrett

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Floor Tom
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Players clapping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Following a reflective introduction, the angular aspect of this contemporary work ensues. The percussion contribution to establish the pulse and drive with varied textures will make this work sparkle. Dramatic and bold this is an exciting addition to the contemporary literature affording opportunity for all sections to shine.

- Program Note from publisher

The title of this piece, Tangents Angulár (or angular tangents) was initially inspired by the trumpets' ostinato figure that begins in measure 27.

While most sources, including the Oxford English Dictionary, define tangent as "a straight line that touches the outside of a curve but does not intersect," the same sources also mention other common uses of the term, including phases such as "going off on a tangent." This often-heard phrase means to veer or diverge from a set course or a line of thought.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Maryland: III
  • Tennessee: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Barrett, R. (2009). Tangents Angulár. [score].Belwin-Mills: [Van Nuys, Calif.]
  • Perusal score