From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MakeMusic Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


  • Full Score
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone I-II
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion I-II-III, including:
*Bass Drum
*China Cymbals
*Crash Cymbals
*Snare Drum
*Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As the title Emblazoned suggests, this euphoric celebration will undoubtedly make its mark on your students and audience! Simple polyrhythms combine with an engaging melody, heroic countermelodies, and riveting percussion writing to create an energetic yet exceptionally playable work. Even better, Brian Balmages has orchestrated the piece so that it achieves a high level of power and excitement while leaving students with plenty left in the tank.

- Program Note from publisher

I am often asked whether a title comes first, or whether the music comes first. The answer depends on the piece. In this case, my church had done a message series called "Emblazoned," and I immediately knew that I wanted to write a soundtrack to accompany the word. There are numerous synonyms for emblazon that center around words like decorate, ornament, adorn, embellish, and more. In the archaic sense, it also means celebrated. Armed with such positive and affirming language, I wrote the first two measures of the piece, which form the foundation of the entire work.

While the music moves through various tonal centers, the pulse and drive of the work is unrelenting. Further, the arc of the entire work takes the listener through multiple peaks and valleys before beginning a final slow and steady build to a powerful conclusion.

Emblazoned was commissioned by the Oregon Band Directors Association and was premiered by the Oregon All-State Middle School Band with the composer conducting.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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