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Arts du Cirque

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Bill Calhoun

Bill Calhoun

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Arts du Cirque takes the listener on an exotic musical journey through a day at the circus. You hear the lion tamers, the trapeze artist--you even hear the clowns. It is a tapestry of sounds and marvelously orchestrated colors, not a tongue-in-cheek presentation.

- Program Note by publisher

This piece is programmatic, telling the story of the different parts of the circus. The parade of performers is represented in a majestic introduction. The second section layers several different rhythms on top of each other, symbolizing the many events that often occur at the same time. A trapeze section provides some great melodic content. There are sections that have some Latin flavor, and at times the piece seems to be more like a super- hero soundtrack then a circus theme.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.4 (2015): 42. Print