Corpus Callosum

From Wind Repertory Project
Thomas Duffy

Thomas Duffy

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2003
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Mallets
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Tom (low)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece was written to commemorate the retirement of Colonel Jack Grogan. Col. Grogan had told me that he was of two minds about the military, and held his patriotism and love of country on one side, and more militaristic aspects of service on the other. He was a man who held two possibility [sic] conflicting aesthetics in one body.

This piece presents music from the patriotic/ love of country aesthetic simultaneously with the music from the military. Simultaneously means that music in three-quarter time (or 15-8 time) is presented at the same time as music in 12 -8 or 4-4 time. The conductor offers one meter in the right hand and another in the left hand, with both meters sharing downbeats.

This bilateral conducting represents a conductor who has had her corpus callosum (nerve system that connects the two halves of the brain) severed. Left hand is in one meter; right hand in another. To emphasize the effect, the conductor is visually split down the middle, with one half of the body white and the other black. Musicians are instructed to follow one half or the other.

- Program Note by composer

Written to commemorate Col. Jack H. Grogan's retirement from the United States Army Field Band.

- Program Note from score

The corpus callosum is the broad band of nerve fibers joining the two halves of the brain.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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