From Wind Repertory Project
Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £71.95   |   Score Only (print) - £20.95


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Side Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Tubular Bells
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II: The third bar of 10 through the first bar of 12, a total of 16 bars, is printed twice.

In Score and Parts

  • Horn in F I-IV, 1 bar before rehearsal 13: Bass clef notation is quite confusing. To clear things up, this should be old bass clef horn notation instead of the modern one (in other words, the printed notes in bass clef are played an octave higher than written).

Program Notes

In this six-minute curtain raiser, my inspiration has come from the great days of the American musical comedy. I have tried to express in a brief sonata form movement the exhilaration of “getting away from it all” for a few short hours on a festive bank holiday.

Musically the piece is a homage to the great days of the Broadway musical with its irresistible brashness and irrepressible high spirits. If you can envisage George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and James Bond traveling together at 100 miles per hour in a open-top sports car, I think you’ll get the idea.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Royal Northern College of Music, premiered at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (1996) conducted by Timothy Reynish, Awayday remains to be one of the composer’s most popular works.

- Program Note from Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 December 2016

To Timothy Reynish and the RNCM Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Louisiana: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band AA
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI
  • MusicFest Canada: B600


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 17 February 2023 (MMEA Conference, Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg) Wind Ensemble (Saul Torres, conductor) – 9 February 2023 (2023 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble (Des Moines) (Christian Carichner, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 26 January 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Cleveland Winds (Cleveland, Ohio) (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Matthew Marsit, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Mississippi Wind Symphony (Jackson) (Craig Young, conductor) - 25 June 2019
  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Spittal) – 5 May 2019
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 5 February 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 1 February 2019
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Marsit, conductor) – 20 October 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Concert Band (Alicia Neal, conductor) – 21 September 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Peterson, conductor) – 24 April 2018

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