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Gain Wisdom

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Brian Hogg

Brian Hogg

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2013
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Wind ensemble with string orchestra
Publisher: Brolga Music Publishing, Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $135.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Trombone I-II-III
Double Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone

Violin (optional)
Viola (optional)
Violincello (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gain Wisdom was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Glen Waverley Secondary College. Composed in a fanfare style and celebratory nature, the school's motto serves as the genesis of all the music presented in the work.

- Program Note from publisher

From the composer: As often happens, thoughts about the music started to roam around in my head and I started to sing the first two musical notes associated with the motto ... G.. A...; recognising that the next "I" could also be represented by another musical note I started to sing "G...A...B..." Fairly soon I was working out the rest of the musical pitches associated with the rest of the school's motto.

In musical pitch the motto would be spelled out as: "G...A...B...G...B...B...E...D...A...F." This is first heard in the brass fanfare at the start of the music. Each of the subsequent themes is derived from this opening fanfare. The first theme uses the first three notes repeated; the second theme found its start in the "E...D...A..." at the end of the motto's musical spelling. After a brief development of these two themes, where musical fragments can be heard with slightly different treatments, the first theme returns. The second theme is presented as a countermelody to the first melody as the music builds to a climactic end where the opening fanfare is heard again and the Gain Wisdom motif is stated.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kent (Ohio) State University Symphony Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 27 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hogg, B. (2013). Gain Wisdom [score]. Brolga Music: [Auburn, Victoria, Australia].
  • Perusal score