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Cambrian Explosion

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Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Cambrian period of our planet's geological history, about 500 million years ago, saw an explosion of plant and animal diversity evolving into many of the complex life forms familiar today. An "explosion" of music forms and surprises are presented in this fast-paced and powerful work for mature bands. A recurring mallet and timpani pattern provides unity amidst a diverse musical palette ranging from jazzy to celebratory. The sudden appearance of the familiar hymn For the Beauty of the Earth is both stunning and dramatic as it ties the entire work together.

- Program Note by publisher

Commissioned by the Bethune Collegiate Institute Concert Band, Dennis Carpenter, Director, Toronto, Ontario. Dedicated to the Bethune Environmental Action Team.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings



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  • Saucedo, R. (2010). Cambrian Explosion [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.