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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts (Rental) - $300.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $40.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drums (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Steel Plates (2 :suspended)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Waterphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Turning was commissioned by a consortium led by my high school friend Josh Thompson who is now a high school band director in the Chicago area. The overriding idea when writing the piece was to convey "strong" beauty as well as loss, rather than traditional "pretty" lyricism.

I chose the title Turning for this piece because the word can mean any number of things, all of which might be heard in the piece itself. It could refer to the turning of a massive, prehistoric planet, as the first signs of life begin to bubble up from cracks in the ground. It could refer to the turning of leaves in the fall, a beautiful -- but melancholy -- thing to see. Or, in the piece's darkest moments, the title could refer to the turning of a knife into one's chest.

Turning was commissioned by Josh Thompson, Lake Zurich High School; Jim Kull, St. Charles East High School; Jon Walsh, Conant High School; Ramiro Barrera, James Logan High School; Steve Andre, Grapevine High School; Marc Mueller, Moore High School; Phil Obado, University High School; Bobby Francis, Texas Christian University; and David Papenhagen, Portage Northern High School.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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