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James Barnes

James Barnes

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Subtitle: Phoenix

This work bears the designation Opus 110.

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 43:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $425.00   |   Score Only (print) - $100.00


1. Eulogy – 14:00
2. Scherzo – 5:30
3. Reverie – 11:00
4. Jubilation – 11:30


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II-III (III doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II-III (III doubling Contrabassoon)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Flugelhorn I-II
Antiphonal Trumpets I-VI (optional)
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Celesta (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned in 2000 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band in 1951 at the conclusion of Allied occupation, this work is scored for a very large band, including six antiphonal trumpets. The work is in four movements: I. Eulogy, II. Scherzo, III. Reverie, and IV. Jubilation. Subtitled “Phoenix”, the composer writes: “Like the legendary phoenix bird, which self-immolates then arises from its own ashes more resplendent than ever, Japan has recovered from the massive devastation of World War II to become a greater and more respected nation than ever before.”

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Media Links

State Ratings

  • Mississippi: VI-A


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  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band (Ichijirusha Takahiro Higuchi, conductor) – 15 May 2019
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) – 23 March 2009

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Barnes, J. (2003). Fifth Symphony : "Phoenix" : Op. 110 [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Kohlenberg, Kenneth. "Fifth Symphony 'Phoenix'." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 632-640. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.