Boom Goes the Dynamite

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General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 4:29
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Paul Dooley
Cost: Score and Parts - Available February 2024


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat (or C) Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (5 players)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Boom Goes the Dynamite (2023) was commissioned by a consortium of wind bands and individuals organized by Caroline Hand in honor of Thomas Caneva's 17 years of service and dedication to the Ball State University School of Music.

The comical catchphrase "Boom Goes The Dynamite" was coined in 2005 by a Ball State University student during an ill-fated sports broadcast, which quickly went viral on YouTube. An inexperienced operator had accidentally fast-forwarded through the broadcast script, forcing the young sportscaster to improvise and stumble his way through the show, live on air. This four-minute dark, yet playful, concerto for wind band recreates this frantic and terrifying experience using several driving phrygian rhythmic motives, with maracas, flexatone, triangles and cymbals providing a bright yet tense timbral counterpoint.

I was tremendously honored to compose this new work for my dear friend Tom Caneva. I cherish the numerous times I have been able to work with Tom and his wind ensemble at Ball State University. Their magically lyrical, spontaneous, clear and detail-oriented performances are a composer's dream.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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