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Figures Sonores

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Henk Badings

Henk Badings

This work also appears under the translated titles Sonore Gestalten and Sonorous Shapes.

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €247.49   |   Score Only (print) – €36.53


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (4)
  • Chimes
  • Conga (3)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block (4)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Figures Sonores was written in 1984 at the request of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade. It was used as a test piece in the concert division at the 1985 contest. The board of the World Music Conference asked Badings to write a new type of test piece that stressed the musical contents and its delivery rather than technical difficulties. In addition, the work was not to exceed a duration of ten minutes. This time limit really disturbed composer Badings, as he felt he could not really develop his musical ideas completely.

The three parts are played without pause. A lyrical, pathetical first part is followed by a solemn middle section in which the percussion has the dominant role. A virtuoso and whimsical finale ends the piece.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Badings, H. (1984). Figures Sonores = Sonore Gestalten = Sonorous Shapes : For Symphonic Band [score]. Molenaar: Wormerveer, Holland.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band and Wind Ensemble: Volume 1. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Pubns., 2004. Electronic, unpaginated.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Henk Badings." Accessed 18 April 2016.
  • Perusal score