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Café 512

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Ryan George

Ryan George

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fornine Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
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
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wood Block (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As I was beginning to brainstorm ideas for this piece, I stumbled across the title of a piece by famed Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla called Café 1930. I found the title immediately intriguing, and in wanting to write a piece that tipped the hat heavily towards a specific style, the mood and intensity found within tango seemed to be the right fit. The similarities between Piazzolla's work and the one I was looking to write pretty much end at the title. Whereas Piazzolla's work is intimate, slow, and melancholy (as well as being a true tango), I wanted to write something more dance-like and energetic.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Stuart Ivey, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) University Band (Rebecca Cichy, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Will Sugg, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) 28 February 2019
  • Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Chee Weng Yim, conductor) - 11 October 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Polly K. Middleton, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Century High School (Rochester, Minn.) Wind Ensemble (Amnda Kaus, conductor) – 2 March 2018
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 13 November 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jack A. Eaddy, Jr., conductor)– 4 October 2017
  • Wood Oaks Junior High School (Northbrook, Ill.) (Wayne Gordon, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Santa Teresa High School (San Jose, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Julie Bounds, conductor) - 15 April 2016 (2016 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Exeter (Calif.) Union High School Symphonic Band (Kirk Clague, conductor) - 13 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • California Band Directors Association All-State Junior High School Concert Band (Emily Moss, conductor) - 14 February 2016 (2016 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • GMEA District V High School Honor Symphonic Band (Chester Philips, conductor) – Spring 2011
  • West Ridge Middle School (Austin, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Susan Glover, conductor) – 15 December 2010 (2010 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Autobahn (Flex instrumentation) (2008/2020)
  • Café 512 (Flex instrumentation) (2010/2020)
  • Jinx (Flex instrumentation) (2017/2020)

All Wind Works


  • Herb, Thomas. "Café 512." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 308-314. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Ryan George website - Accessed 8 December 2019