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Thomas Duffy

Thomas Duffy

General Info

Year: 1985 / 1992
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (all saxophones doubling on crystal glasses)
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
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Lion's Roar
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Water Glasses
  • Water Gong
  • Wind Chimes

Players whistling


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As a composer with great skills and an avowed desire to artfully combine traditional band forms and formats with contemporary techniques and colors, Tom Duffy has fashioned this one-movement tone poem; each of the four sections of the work evokes Duffy's musical representation of a specific type of crystal and its accompanying characteristics, either real or mythological. Tonal writing alongside aleatoric techniques and clusters: it's all part of Duffy's wonderful gifts, opening the ears of bands and audiences in most enjoyable ways.

- Program Note from publisher

Crystals was commissioned by and dedicated to the Killingly (Connecticut) High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble, John Kusinski, director. Though a one-movement work, it is divided into four sections, each a vignette with its own style and title. The first, Dark Ice, combines water sounds with quartal harmonies and a modal melody to suggest the mystery and terrible majesty of glacier, iceberg, and things in and under them. The second, Underwater Rubies, again uses water sounds to describe sunken treasure. The third section, Cyanide, is of a violent and percussive spirit which, by its brevity, mimics the horrible potency of its namesake. Finally, Monolith aspires to huge vertical space, large sweeps of color, and a sturdy brass foundation for those masses of crystals such as Stonehenge in England or any natural promontory.

- Program Note from Program Note for Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Duffy, T. (1992). Crystals: For Symphonic Wind Ensemble [score]. Ludwig Masters; Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 301-315.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 180