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Chekov's Gamut

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Matthew Howell

Matthew Howell

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Matthew Howell Music
Cost: Score and Parts - (digital) $150.00


1. Paranoid, Haunted - 2:40
3. Ominous, Brooding - 1:20
3. Furious, Aggressive
4. Frenetic, Perpetual
5. Curious, Inviting
6. Bittersweet, Nostalgic - 2:15
7. Optimistic, Determined - 4:40


Full Score
Flute (optional doubling Alto Flute)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (doubling B-flat Contrabass Clarinet)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone (doubling Tenor Saxophone)
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Drum Set, including:
    • Floor Tom (low)
    • Hi-hat
    • Kick Drum
    • Ride Cymbal
    • Snare Drum
    • Tom (2: low and medium)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Chekhov’s Gamut is a play on the literary principle known as Chekhov’s Gun. This is a plot device stating that if a writer includes a critical element in a story (in this case, a gun), it implies its use and makes it necessary for this element to have a role in the plot in some way. I drew from this as well as working with the Frontiers New Music Ensemble at Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2021. Given an eclectic pool of musicians, I found myself running away with the different combinations and possibilities that such a wide range of sounds could produce.

The music is structured in a spectrum of sorts, with each movement bearing no title other than a poetic tempo indication and vaguely representing a color. Starting with very heavy and dark color, the piece progresses from expressionism through Latin jazz and a neotonal waltz towards a bright and jovial post-minimal conclusion. The inclusion of doubled instruments is meant to play on the color spectrum and Chekhov’s Gun alike. The piece presents a wide group of instruments to be drawn from to change the tonal color and present different instruments of consequence alike.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Frontiers New Music Ensemble (Tyler Austin, conductor) - 19 March 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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