Enigma Machine

From Wind Repertory Project
Joni Greene

Joni Greene

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Joni Greene
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Conga
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This groove-oriented and tightly composed work begins with its musical subject played out in canon between the marimba and vibraphone. Almost immediately, the winds take up fragments of the material, spinning them out into their own themes and rhythmic grooves. The first large section of the piece closes with an angular “shout chorus” before moving into a contrasting, relaxed groove in clarinets and saxophones.

After this section comes to a close, a transition prepares for the return of the initial material in vibes, now “hidden” under the prevailing rhythmic material in the winds. Not until the very end of piece does this material become readily apparent, as dynamics and rhythmic activity begin winding own. By the time the initial subject becomes readily apparent, the work ends – closing as it begun – with its initial melodic gesture.

Joni Greene completed Enigma Machine in January 2013, dedicating it to Paul Popiel and the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble concert program, 24 February 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul W. Popiel, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (East Lansing, Mich.) (Arris Golden, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 24 February 2016

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