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James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental ($300.00)   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II I doubling Piccolo; I doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II (I doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II (I doubling Contrabassoon)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-IVI (I doubling E-flat Soprano Clarinet)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I doubling Piccolo Trumpet; I doubling Flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion(offstage) I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Field Drums (2)

Offstage Flugelhorn

Players singing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In botanical terms, Syler’s work Fields displays plagiotropic development, or the exploration and exploitation of horizontal space. Three distinctive and fully formed branches (“musics” in the composer’s terminology) stem from the same melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material and move past one another to provide the listener with a musical field of images. The three musics are heard in the brass choir, woodwind choir, and piano/harp duo.

Syler writes, “Further spatial sound is achieved through an off-stage flugelhorn and off-stage percussion. A dramatic quiet ending fuses together blocks of woodwind and brass chords. Fields uses asynchronous events and layers of sound to create an Ivesian numinous sound world.”

- Program Note from University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 April 2018

This work was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, Dayton, Ohio.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 23 April 2018

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