From Wind Repertory Project
John Estacio

John Estacio (trans. Fraser Linklater)

General Info

Year: 1998 / 2011
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
String Bass
Percussion I-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbal
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Frenergy was commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 1998. Estacio’s combination of “frantic” and “energy” into the work’s title speaks as well to its nature and verve as any worded description could.

Following the pounding opening of drums, the brisk piece is comprised of four short melodic ideas that are tossed among the instruments. The first of these is a chromatic melody first heard in the woodwinds. It is then often complemented by a showy tune frequently presented by the brass. The third idea is first heard on the flute, and is perhaps the most substantial of any theme in the work, strongly characterized by the 6/8 lilt of the piece.

- Program note from score

The bulk of the musical material found in this piece comes from sketches for my Triple Concerto. These sketches were to be part of the proposed final movement for the concerto, a fast-paced scherzo to bring the piece to a wild close. However, for various reasons, this ending did not make it to the final draft. Not one to waste, I decided to mount this music on its own for orchestra.The title comes from an amalgamation of the words “frenetic” and “energy” which were the two qualities I desired for the ending of the concerto. The tempo for this short concert-opener is brisk, and the pacing of melodic ideas is often a bit frantic as befitting the title.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • MusicFest Canada: B600


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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Timothy Loman, conductor) – 10 October 2023
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Daniel Lee, conductor) - 26 April 2023
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jaelem Bhate, conductor) - 1 April 2023
  • University of Colorado Boulder High School Honor Band (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • Toronto (Ont., Can.) Youth Wind Orchestra (Colin Clarke, conductor) – 10 July 2019 - WASBE Conference (Buñol, Spain)
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) – 22 March 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor) – 6 October 2017
  • Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 13 October 2016
  • Atlanta (Georgia) Youth Wind Symphony (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) – 12 October 2015
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) – 28 September 2013
  • Orchestre à Vents Non Identifié (Jonathan Dagenis, conductor) – 2 June 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Estacio, J.; Linklater, F. (2006 or 2007). Frenergy [score]. [Canada: s.n.]
  • Perusal score