In case of emergency

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Roy Magnuson

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Roy D. Magnuson website


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes case of emergency is an homage to the ubiquitous safety buttons and alarms of our world which (often?) read “In case of emergency....Push.”

A safety button that will make things better? This is something I desperately want in my musical life. In case of emergency, when things are about to crash and burn, you always know that there is a button which you can just...push...and the music happens? And everything is just OK? Yes, sign me up, please.

This music embodies the tense, uncertain nature of emergency. However, the shape and character of case of emergency turned out to be a safety button, of sorts. This piece is, formally, a wedge. When I was uncertain of what to do musically, or where to go, this saved me. This is music that gets louder, more intense, or is in itself, a push.

-Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Dan Belongia, conductor) - 16 November 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


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