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Elements (Balmages)

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


Subtitle: Petite Symphony


General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.00


Movements

1. Air - 1:50
2. Water 2:30
3. Earth - 2:00
4. Fire - 1:55


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Four short movements make up this "petite symphony" constructed in the same form as the elements of a traditional symphony: Allegro non troppo, Largo, Scherzo, and Allegro vivace. Each movement also refers to an element of nature. Movement 1, Air, is light and breathy, made up mostly of staccato notes. Water, the second movement, ripples and flows softly and gently. An homage to Holst's The Planets can be heard in Earth, the third movement. The piece concludes in an intense inferno with Fire.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by Peak Music Festivals, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Kansas: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • West Virginia: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Balmages, B. (2010) Elements: (Petite Symphony) [score]. FJH Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Perusal score.