Ancestral Rumors

From Wind Repertory Project
Andrew Boss

Andrew Boss

Subtitle: Theme and Variations for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 13:20
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boss Music Studios
Cost: Score and Parts – Available fall 2020


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

  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ancestral Rumors (2019) is a modern take on the classical theme and variations style using an original theme and written for the wind ensemble. It consists of 19 variations and a coda modeled within a larger overall ABA form with an introduction, exposition, interlude with development, recapitulation, and coda. In a sense, it loosely resembles a hybrid between theme and variations and the Sonata style, both of which were highly influential in the Classical period. The use of an original theme with strong modal roots alongside a modernized tonal (and sometimes bitonal) harmony adds a colorfully-spiced work to the wind repertory.

This work was commissioned by Derek Stoughton and the Southeastern Louisiana University Symphonic Band.

- Program Note by composer


  • NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest, 2020, runner-up

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Belmont University (Nashville) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Derek Stoughton, conductor) – 13 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Andrew Boss website Accessed 31 December 2019
  • Keck, Thomas. "Ancestral Rumors." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 720-726. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • Perusal score