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Escape from Chronopolis

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Reber Clark

Reber Clark

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 4:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ratchet
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Twirling Tubes (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The story concerns a future time, when clocks and timepieces have been banned. It seems that Chronopolis, the Time City, was overrun with clocks and the concept of timekeeping such that everything was metered to the "nth" of a second. The city grew so large and intricate that only by timing everything to the millisecond would all run smoothly. Every footstep, phone call, bus stop, and meal was timed in order to prevent chaos. Eventually there was a rebellion. Living under the pressure of nanoseconds was too much for the human organism to endure. All timekeeping was eventually banned. Chronopolis (the story) follows one man's search for a return to timekeeping.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Mississippi: III-A
  • Oklahoma: III-A


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Clark, R. (2002). Escape from Chronopolis [score]. C. Alan: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Holtan, Timothy J. "Escape from Chronopolis." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 349-354. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Reber Clark website Accessed 19 August 2017