From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 8:38
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Drawing on some of the composer's early influences, including John Barnes Chance and Ottorino Respighi, this mature and powerful work explores the dark and mystical while adding elements of intensity and relentless energy. Composed in three sections, an underlying sense of tension is present throughout before the final minutes erupt triumphantly in a fury of aggression and sound.

- Program Note from publisher

In ancient Roman religion, an "evocation" was a ritual in which a deity was either called forth or summoned away. It is one of numerous references to magic throughout history and acros a wide spectrum of cultures and societies. It has been used in moments of beauty, war, and in relation to both good and evil. As such, Evocatio is a piece that explores the dark and mystical while adding an element of intensity and relentless energy. Although not written with a specific programmatic story in mind, it certainly includes many programmatic elements throughout.

Evocatio was commissioned by the East Mecklenburg High School Symphonic Band in Charlotte, North Carolina; Scott Clowes, conductor.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: GA Band 14-15 Additions GR 6
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class A


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