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Jinx (flex)

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Ryan George

Ryan George

Subtitle: For FLEX Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2017 / 2020
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fornine Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $70.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Low Brass
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Low Brass
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Keyboard I-II, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Percussion I-II, including:

  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbal (medium)
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Jam-Blocks (2), high and low
  • Kick Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Jinx is a short mischievous work for concert band inspired by the superstitious notion that if one’s good luck has run out, then they must be cursed, or jinxed. Jinx was commissioned by the Fillmore Wind Band Consortium for their performance at the 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

- Program Note (2017 edition) from the Fillmore Wind Band concert program, 22 December 2017

Performance Notes

Instrument choices for each part are selected to give you as many options as possible while making idiomatic sense. This piece works really well as a brass, woodwind or string quintet, as well as with mixed instrumentation. You'll find multiple octaves are given in certain parts to best fit with that particular instrument's range and/or player's ability.

My hope is that you will take this piece and run with it. Mix and match instrumentation to demonstrate how orchestration can change the color and feel of the piece. Use one-on-a-part, double up, triple up. Do anything to make this a musically rewarding experience for all involved.

Instrumentation considerations:

  • Piccolo – should play the flute line for Part 1
  • Treble Clef Baritone – should play the b-flat Tenor Saxophone line for Part 4
  • Low Brass – this implies either Trombone or Euphonium
  • Part 2 – B-flat Clarinet should lay the upper octave during octave splits if possible. Soprano Saxophone and Trumpet should play lower octave during octave splits.
  • Part 5 Bassoon/Low Brass – tenor Trombone and Euphonium players should play the upper octave. Bassoon and Bass Trombone players can play either the top or bottom octave depending on player ability.
  • Per 2 – this part is written to be played by a single player or a kit setup, but the part can be broken up if more players are available.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Band (Scott Corley, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Polly Middleton, conductor) - 5 December 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Autobahn (Flex instrumentation) (2008/2020)
  • Café 512 (Flex instrumentation) (2010/2020)
  • Jinx (Flex instrumentation) (2017/2020)

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