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James Kazik

James Kazik

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General Info

Year: 2008 / 2010
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trombone choir
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Using the creative imagery of mischievous and somewhat sinister elves, James Kazik plays tricks on the ears with this innovative composition. Rich with dark and gritty sonorities, Eviler Elves will make a stunning yet entertaining addition to any concert program.

- Program Note from publisher

James Kazik's Eviler Elves was originally commissioned by the Oklahoma State University Trombone Choir, Paul Compton, director, for performance at the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition at the International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2008. Attracted to the piece, Joseph Missal, director of bands at Oklahoma State, commissioned Kazik to compose an expanded version of the piece for wind ensemble.

In his program notes, the composer wrote the following:

Evil elves served as programmatic inspiration for the piece. The thought of the trombone representing an evil elf opened up wondrous possibilities for experimental tone colors that could not possibly be used in other homogenous ensembles. Considering the fun I had playing with colors in the trombone ensemble, It was a pleasure to expand it and use tone colors present in the modern wind band. The low brass, and the trombones in particular, remain the focus of the primary color anchors in this piece.

- Program Note from The NEW Winds of Change


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Mukwonago (Wisc.) High School Wind Ensemble (Emma Angoli, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) Concert Band (Bradley Miedema, conductor) - 28 April 2017
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Ramiro Barrera, conductor) – 8 December 2016
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 23 November 2014
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph P. Missal, conductor) – 25 March 2009 (CBDNA 2009 National Conference (Austin, Tx.)

Works for Winds by This Composer