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Trains of Thought

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Gregory Youtz

Gregory Youtz (arranged by the composer)

General Info

Year: 2000 / 2003
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gregory Youtz - Official Website
Cost: Score & Parts - Unknown   |   Score Only - Unknown


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
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
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Cowbell (high and low)
  • Cymbal (high and low suspended)
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Toms (5)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Trains of Thought is a fantasy for wind ensemble inspired by the sounds of trains. After an introduction evokes the whistles, rhythms and rumbles of a train passing through a crossing, three 'trains of thought' spin themselves out- an afternoon train thundering nearby, a chorus of night trains heard from afar, and a morning train whose powerful engines hurtle us through the dawn.

All material is derived from the initial "train" sounds: the descending parallel 1st inversion triad of the whistle, the whistle rhythm (long-long-short-long) used by trains at a crossing, and the percussive sounds and rhythms of the wheels and tracks.

Orchestral pieces commissioned in 2000 by the Stewart Kershaw and the Auburn Symphony (Washington State). Premiere of this wind ensemble arrangement in 2003 by Eric Wiltshire and the University of Washington Symphony Band.

Program Note by Gregory Youtz


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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