Deep Dish

From Wind Repertory Project
James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: American Composers Forum
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum

Specialized culinary percussion:

  • Percussion 1: cheese grater (with spoon), sauce-pan, garlic press and/or carrot peeler (or other similar devices) (shared with Percussion 2), cutting board (with pizza servers (shared with Percussion 2)), bongos (or congas, or both) (if possible, suspended sauce pans of different sizes), dinner bell
  • Percussion 2: garlic press and/or carrot peeler (or other similar devices) (shared with Percussion 1), small suspended cymbal (with ladle), triangle, timer bell, turn knob (ratchet sound), egg shaker (if possible, a restaurant pizza-spice container), vibra-slap, pizza servers (shared with Percussion 1)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Deep Dish is an engaging new piece for band inspired by the quintessential pizza in Chicago, from where composer James M. Stephenson hails. Deep Dish serves up a bluesy feel with challenging chromatic passages and saucy harmonies, and gives percussionists the opportunity to create their own sounds with kitchen utensils.

- Program Note from publisher

James Stephenson indicates that he did not come up with the title. He writes:

While sitting with American Composers Forum [staff], it was mentioned that it would be great if the new piece could somehow represent Chicago. [One director] almost immediately suggested Deep Dish, and I was sold.

Stephenson indicates that he looked for inspiration on YouTube through videos on how to actually make deep-dish pizza. He found a father-daughter video that "inspired [him] musically almost immediately." The presenter divided the process of making a deep-dish pizza into five steps, and Stephenson added a related final task, which he labeled 5.5 These became the six primary sections of the composition, labeled as follows: 1. Center the Dough; 2. Layer the Cheese; 3. Add Toppings; 4. Give It Sauce; 5. Now Cook!; 5.5 Rotate Halfway through.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


State Ratings

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