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Brian Baumbusch

Brian Baumbusch

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: V
Publisher: Brian Baumbusch
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental ($500.00)

Movements (played without pause)

Part 1, Escalation (c. 5:30)
Part 2, Coronation (c. 6:30)
Part 3, Murmuration (c. 7:30)
Part 4, Reconciliation (c. 5:30)

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score

  • High Parts I-II-III-IV
  • High Mid Parts I-II-III-IV
  • Low Mid Parts I-II-III
  • Low Parts I-II-III

Non Sustaining

  • High Parts I-II
  • High Mid Parts I-II
  • Low Mid Parts I-II
  • Low Parts I-II

Part-specific click tracks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Isotropes is a semi-open instrumentation piece that is composed of numerous range-specific fragments of music. These fragments can be performed by any number/combination of instruments within the two main categorical divisions. The two main categorical divisions are “sustaining” instruments and “non-sustaining” instruments.

This piece was originally designed to be recorded remotely using part-specific click tracks during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The title has a sort of double meaning for me. On the one hand, it's a play on the fact that we were all in isolation making the piece: iso-tropes. On the other, based on the literal meaning of isotropy as being something that measures the same distance when measured in different directions, I was thinking about the fact that I'm sending out timing code to all of the players, and they are all using it to create recorded fragments to send back to me, and at the end everything synchronizes correctly, even when I'm synchronizing four or five different simultaneous tempi. So in that way, since time is measuring equally in these different directions, the piece is isotropic.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Extensive performance notes may be found in the Discussion tab, above.


Audio: Reference Recording. University of California (Santa Cruz) Wind Ensemble (Nat Berman, conductor)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of California (Santa Cruz) Wind Ensemble (Nat Berman, conductor) - June 2020 *Premiere Performance*

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