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And then the Universe exploded (grade III)

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Olivia Kieffer

Olivia Kieffer

The title of this work is correctly written in lower case with ellipsis: ...and then the Universe exploded.

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Olivia Kieffer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $200.00; (digital) - $150.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drums (2: concert and pedal)
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangles (2: large and small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

...and then the Universe exploded is a wild and joyful piece for concert band. It was written for and dedicated to the Reinhardt Symphonic Winds, and was premiered by the ensemble on April 11, 2017. The beginning source material comes from an unrealized concept album I started back when I was writing electronic beat music, called Everything Everything All of the Time. This feeling of everything seeming to happen at once, and all the time, has not disappeared in my life; I am no stranger to fairly continuous life changes. In the first section of the piece, the musicians build layers of joy upon each other. The second section features a (very polite but bombastic) Battle of the Bands, which abruptly segues into the entire ensemble shouting a Countdown to the End of the World. In its essence, this piece is about the End of Everything. We often think of the end of things as a loss, or bittersweet at best. But sometimes, the very end is the most beautiful.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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