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Anguish of Nosferatu, The

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Ed Kiefer

Ed Kiefer

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This dark and mysterious work draws its title from a 1922 unauthorized adaptation of the vampire story, Dracula. The killing of innocent victims to sustain life is the vampire’s curse and his anguish is what this composition intends to convey. A brisk sparsely-scored opening section features alternating compound meters and repeated staccato eighth-note patterns that build to a brief climax before introducing a flowing horn statement. The piece then builds again to a powerful, rhythmically intense full band passage before moving to a slower contrasting section that features a conversation between solo trumpet and clarinets. A haunting transition leads to a restatement of opening material as the piece moves to a dramatic conclusion.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commissioned by the East Davidson Wind Ensemble, David Deese, director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


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  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 69(10) (May 2015), p. 41.