Breaking Through

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Consciously (or unconsciously!) we erect invisible walls around us all the time. Whether in the form of "writer's block" or by running into the metaphorical wall, the truth is, these invisible walls are only there because we put them there. By stating that we are stuck, we mentally place barriers between ourselves and our goals. This energetic work is all about breaking through these barriers and finding a way forward. The music is a joyous celebration of creativity and possibility. It reminds us that, just as we can erect a wall around us, we can also smash through that wall into a world of possibility. It is a powerful reminder that there is always a way forward.

Breaking Through was commissioned by the Association of Texas Small Bands and was premiered by the ATTSB All-State Symphonic Band with the composer conducting. Many thanks to Eric Gray, President; and Kenneth L. Griffin, Executive Secretary for making this commission possible.

- Program Note by composer

Break down barriers with this energetic, joyous celebration of creativity and possibility. The incessant rhythmic drive combines with a flurry of woodwind flourishes and heroic brass fanfares, resulting in a high-energy barnburner that is destined to bring down the house.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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