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Category 4

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Erika Svanoe

Erika Svanoe

Subtitle: For Concert Band with Amplified iPad

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Swan Maiden Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00 (print) - $60.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VII-VIII, including:

  • Auxiliary
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Amplified iPad


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Category 4 is a piece for concert band with amplified iPad. The title refers to Hurricane Harvey, classified as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale. This title also sounded like it might come from a science fiction story about computers and technology, which ties in the synthesized sounds of the tablet. With this title and concept in mind, the composition incorporates several instances of the number 4, including use of 4/4 time, utilizing groups of four notes rhythmically, four notes traveling up melodically, as well as extensive use of the melodic interval of a perfect 4th. Additionally, several of the sounds utilized in the tablet part have water adjacent names such as “fluid motions” and “warming waves” that refer to the flooding that caused so much devastation.

The ending of the piece attempts a note of hope and optimism, reflecting that we can survive and persevere through difficult challenges and come out stronger on the other side.

The work was commissioned by the Kingwood Park High School Symphonic Band, Robbie T. Sitka, Bryan Hess, and Danielle Dewees, directors and premiered in 2021.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Augsburg (Minn.) University Concert Band (Erika Svanoe, conductor) - 17 October 2021
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham) Wind Symphony (Andrew Boysen, Jr., conductor) - 14 November 2021

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