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Michael Djupstrom

Michael Djupstrom

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $135.00   |  Score Only - $14.95


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Chinese Cymbal
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraslap
  • Whip (Slapstick)
  • Woodblocks
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Homages was written for Frank Battisti and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble, and was premiered by that group on August 3, 2002, in Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, MA. The work was commissioned as part of a fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center that summer. I was excited to have an opportunity to write a piece for winds, after having played in bands for years - from elementary school through college - I felt that the concert band was a medium I understood and one to which I could contribute something. Due to the time constraints of the project, I did not decide on any kind of program before the composition of the piece, nor, in the beginning, even a general plan for the work; rather, I just began to write. What came out may have owed more to tradition than other recent projects - I did not set out to expand my technical vocabulary, explore any particular compositional device or idea - but it is in no way less my own work. Writing this piece helped me to realize that I am deeply connected to the compositional tradition, and deeply indebted to it. In the end, I was not surprised to discover that certain characteristics of my piece resembled the work of other long-dead composers. These three movements do not aim to pay homage in the usual sense; they are not tributes to anyone in particular. In naming the work, I simply wanted to acknowledge my debt to my compositional predecessors, and in doing so, seek my place in the lineage.

In 2002, Homages was awarded the Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize from Ithaca College and the first Frederick Fennell Prize from ASCAP and the College Band Directors Association.

Program Note by Michael Djupstrom

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