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Jeffrey Brooks

Jeffrey Brooks

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00    |   Score Only - $14.95


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone (doubles Bb Soprano Saxophone)
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in B-flat) I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (with pedal)
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Cymbals (medium and large)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dreadnought: a total absence of fear -- invincible -- a name given to a class of heavily armed battleships in the early part of the 20th Century. These are feelings and images I had in mind as I composed this music for concert band.

This piece is essentially informed by the lessons provided by my two small children, who were one year (Ronan) and three years (Adelle) at the time I started this composition. Ronan had no fears. It was something of which he had no concept. He would happily walk in front of a bus or get in a cage with a tiger. Adelle was inventing new fears daily, trying them on, discarding some, keeping others. How did she decide these things? Where do we get our fears? What if most of our fears are invented? What if fear is a lie? What would the music sound like?

- Program Note by Jeffrey Brooks

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Texas: V


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Brooks, J. (2001). Dreadnought [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.
  • [Jeffrey Brooks website Accessed 10 February 2020