Vientos y Tangos

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Gandolfi

Michael Gandolfi

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 11:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $12.95


Full Score
Flute I-II (preferably 3 players on each part)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (preferably 3 players on each part)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I–II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba (with a low A)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (3)
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales (2)
  • Triangle
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Xylophone

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Vientos y Tangos (Winds and Tangos) was commissioned The Frank L. Battisti 70th Birthday Commission Project and is dedicated to Frank Battisti in recognition of his immense contributions to the advancement of concert wind literature. It was Mr. Battisti’s specific request that I write a tango for wind ensemble. In preparation for this piece, I devoted several months to the study and transcription of tangos from the early style of Juan D’arienzo and the “Tango Nievo” style of Astor Piazzolla to the current trend of “Disco/Techno Tango,” among others. After immersing myself in this listening experience, I simply allowed the most salient features of these various tango to inform the direction of my work. The dynamic contour and the various instrumental combinations that I employ in the piece are all inspired by the traditional sounds of the bandoneon, violin, piano, and contrabass.

- Program Note by composer

Vientos y Tangos is Michael Gandolfi’s first piece for the wind ensemble. Gandolfi’s earliest musical experience was in rock and jazz improvisation, and he studied composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. Gandolfi has since joined the faculty of the conservatory and has numerous honors as a composer of contemporary classical music.

Michael Gandolfi’s program notes on Frank Battisti: “I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Battisti for his inspirational leadership as director of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble for over thirty years. I first heard Mr. Battisti’s work when I was a student at the New England Conservatory in the late 1970s. I was instantly moved by his high artistic standards, his ability to motivate young musicians, and the respect for composers, past and present, that he always eloquently expressed to his students. I would also like to thank Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. for his professionalism, collegiality and adept work in organizing the commission project.”

- Program Note by Oscar Sharp



State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High Band Class AA
  • Mississippi: Band Class 6A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • Florida Wind Band (Tampa) (John Carmichael, conductor) - 21 May 2023
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) - 14 February 2023
  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Luke Camarillo, conductor) - 6 October 2021
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) - 18 March 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 3 December 2020
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • Clark College (Vancouver, Wash.) Concert Band (Doug Harris, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) – 5 November 2019
  • University of Nevada Reno Wind Ensemble (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Larry Langn, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Young Artists Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (David Martins, conductor) – 14 July 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Swarthmore (Penn.) College Wind Ensemble (Andrew Hauze, conductor) – 13 April 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Battisti, Frank. The NEW Winds of Change. Meredith Music Publications, 2018, pp. 224.
  • Michael Gandolfi website
  • Perusal score
  • Williams, Nicholas Enrico. "Vientos y Tangos." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 721-727. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.