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Ghosts and Gargoyles

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Henry Brant

Henry Brant

Subtitle: Spatial Soliloquies

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $92.75


1. I – 4:35
2. II – 3:55
3. III – 1:05
4. IV – 2:05
5. V – 2:10
6. VI – 1:00
7. VII – 0:20
8. VIII – 1:40
9. IX – 1:20
10. X – 3:55


Full Score
Solo C Flute
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Alto Flute I-II
Bass Flute I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Drum Set


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1939 Henry Brant composed a flute ensemble piece titled Angels and Devils -- before there were flute ensemble pieces. It is a large work for thirteen flutes and is a classic of the genre and in the canon of modernism.

Brant was one of the 20th century musicians who was as much an innovator in music as a composer. His passion was for exploring how sound came to the listener. As with Giovanni Gabrieli, whose cori spezzati (spaced choirs) exploited the cavernous spaces of St Mark’s in Venice, Brant wanted to exploit the spaces in which music was heard. To do so he would space apart players within venues, creating varied perspectives for the listener.

Brant’s 2001 mini-masterwork, Ghosts and Gargoyles for nine flutes, is the book end to Angels and Devils. In ten short movements, Brant asks his players to be placed about the hall in groups of two. He then has them play as antiphonal ghosts in various styles: jazz and bebop, collages of motives, unison gestures of bells or the blowing of wind.

- Program Note by Charles Peltz for New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 January 2021

Occasional quotations from ecclesiastic music by Allegri and Palestrina are intended to suggest ghostly intimations. The work is structured in 10 short and uninterrupted movements and has an overall duration of 20 minutes.

- Program Note from WASBE


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor; Stephanie Nozomi Krichena, percussion) - 6 October 2022
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor; Elena Rubin, flute) - 10 February 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brant, H. (2001). Ghosts & Gargoyles : Spatial Soliloquies : For Solo Flute with Flute Octet & Jazz Drummer (2001) [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Henry Brant website Accessed 26 January 2021
  • Perusal score