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Kenneth Amis

Kenneth Amis

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $8.25


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I–II (3-4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My first contact with Frank Battisti was in 1991 when I was accepted to the New England Conservatory of Music as a composition major. At that time composition majors were not expected and, in my case, discouraged by the administration from auditioning for performance ensembles at the school. A friend recommended that I call the conductor of the wind ensemble, Frank Battisti, directly. I did, and after introducing myself on the phone and telling him how my efforts to schedule an audition time for the school's ensembles were being met with resistance, he told me to simply walk in after the last person before lunch and start playing. This turned out to be the beginning of a tremendously supportive and motivating relationship.

In the years that followed, Mr. Battisti had me judge the concerto competitions, commissioned two new works from me (Music for Music, Four Songs from Songfest by Bernstein), and has served as valued counsel on every aspect of my musical career, from conducting and interpretation to artists' relations and music industry politics. I can honestly say that Frank Battisti gave my career as a professional composer the momentum it needed to get off the ground. His passion, drive and unwavering professionalism has set both a shining example and the bar for me and all who know him.

- Program Note by composer

The rhythmic drive of this piece, like its human inspiration, is relentless even through a gentle and expressive middle section.

- Program Note from The Horizon Leans Forward

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Mark Sosnowchik, conductor) - 22 October 2020
  • Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Hopkins, conductor) – 23 March 2003
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) – 17 October 2002 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer