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Firing on All Cylinders

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Matt Conaway

Matt Conaway

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $124.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Concert Toms (4)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The cliché "firing on all cylinders" means to be working at the greatest level of efficiency, and with maximum activity and productivity. In this composition, I created a rhythmically intense soundscape that portrays those simultaneous ideas of activity and efficiency. As rhythmically involved as it is, the peak tempo is relatively laid back, borderline casual considering the number of meter changes. Above all else, I wanted the piece to be exciting for the audience and performers, a great closing piece to a demanding concert.

- Program Note by composer

Written for the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, Jay S. Gephart, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Texas: V. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Conaway, M. (2019). Firing on All Cylinders: For Concert Band [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score