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Concertino for Percussionist and Chamber Winds

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Joel Blahnik

Joel Blahnik

General Info

Year: 1978, ed. 1998
Duration: c. 15:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Timpani (4)
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Small Thin Coin (dime)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The last fugue of J.S. Bach's in The Art of the Fugue employed a musical motif of B-A-C-H which represented his name. Since then, various composers have employed this famous motif in fugues and fantasias. In like manner, Concertino for Percussionist and Chamber Winds possesses a musical motif of F-R-E-D, the letter R representing "re" from an assumed tonal center of F, therefore, R=G, in memory of Fred Schroeder, Professor-Emeritus of Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wisconsin.

The instrumentation of Concertino utilizes the traditional wind and brass quartets in addition to multiple percussion by a solo performer, thereby presenting a trinity of timbre. Transforming the double quartet into a woodwind/brass trio dialogue, along with other instrumental alignments, provides a satisfying color palette, blended with a sound chemistry from the single percussionist.

Concertino is a straightforward work with intrinsic relationships in a twelve tone scheme. This design is a tribute to a man of extraordinary educational, musical, scholarly and humanistic resources. The twelve tones portray a man for all seasons. The implied tonalities of F Major, g minor and e minor, with the D Major chord at the conclusion of the first and second movements are intended representations. The Twelve tone pattern for each movement is indicated on the score. The little quips of Lawrence is Our Dear Old Home bring a special delight within the harmonic design of the work.

Concertino was premiered in May, 1978, at the Pabst Theater by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chamber Winds, Stanley DeRusha, conducting.

From the Printed Score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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