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Unraveling

From Wind Repertory Project
Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen Jr.


General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Medium tom-tom
  • Snare drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In June of 2003, my good friend Randy Atkinson asked if I might be willing to conduct and compose a piece for the 2005 All-Iowa Middle School Honor Band. Randy and I have known each other for many years, and the opportunity to write a piece for him and also return to the state of Iowa was too tempting to bypass. I wanted to write a piece that would be exciting and challenging for the students, but attainable in the limited rehearsal time of only three and a half hours, so my concept was to use a rather difficult melody, but repeat the melody throughout the work so that I only had to teach it once to the whole ensemble. The melodic line is based on the octatonic scale and the piece uses other techniques such as singing and buzzing on mouthpieces. The work is intended to become progressively faster, with a sense of increasing momentum and intensity. In a sense, the piece "unravels" in front of the listener. The title has a dual meaning, though, as the concept of a repeating melodic line that gradually grows in intensity owes a great deal to Maurice Ravel's famous orchestral work Bolero (hence un-"Ravel"-ing)

Unraveling was commissioned by the Iowa Bandmasters Association for the 2005 All-Iowa Middle School Honor Band and premiered by that ensemble with the composer conducting on May 12, 2005.

- Program note by Andrew Boysen Jr.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Boston University (Mass.) Concert Band (Jennifer Bill, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • University of Louisville Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 18 November 2018
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Westbrook High School (Maine) Concert Band (Kyle Smith, conductor) - Spring 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Boysen, A. (2006). Unraveling [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego.