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Karl Ronneburg

Karl Ronneburg

The title of this work is intentionally written in lower case: blue-green.

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: [ Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $160.00

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2 Pairs)
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ronneburg explains the metaphorical meaning of the work and its title, blue-green, as follows:

There's a wildness at the core of my Pacific Northwest home—
a darkness too, and a melancholy—a gray-blue-dark-green,
the overwhelming aloneness the rain makes one feel,
but there's also a glory to it, a singing out, the open varied spaces:
it's riding a ferry past mountains in the morning, or driving through the woods at night,
it's a tiny beach town called Copalis,
which inspired a band and an album by the same name, which in turn inspired this music,
it's hurricane cliffs and never feeling abandoned by the wind,
but instead wanting to abandon yourself within it, dreams
from a bus on a bridge in the fog—I close my eyes
and see trees and the dark spaces between them, I see fog sighing off the mountain—
"the Log Lady", a character in David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks (a tv show set about 20 minutes from my house), said it well:

"I grew up in the woods. I understand many things because of the woods. Trees standing together, growing alongside one another, providing so much. I chew pitch gum. On the outside, let's say of the ponderosa pine, sometimes pitch oozes out. Runny pitch is no good to chew. Hard, brittle pitch is no good. But in between there exists a firm, slightly crusted pitch with such a flavor. This is the pitch I chew."

- Program Note from University of Michigan Symphony Band concert program, 28 September 2017


  • Brehm Prize for Instrumental Composition, winner, 2017


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Karl Ronneburg, personal correspondence, September 2017
  • Perusal score
  • University of Michigan Symphony Band concert program, 28 September 2017