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Kyiv, 2022

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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

Subtitle: A Sequel to Moscow, 1941

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00 | Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Like so many others around the world. I believe strongly in the ability of one person to make a difference for those in Ukraine. To that end, after 16 years, I have decided that it is now time for an official "sequel" to one of my most popular works ever for young band – Moscow, 1941. This work was composed in the first weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, during which time the entire world has seen senseless tragedy, humanitarian crises, and incredible heroism and passion from the Ukrainian people. I will be donating 100% of the proceeds of this initial release to relief organization on the ground in Ukraine. This piece, Kyiv, 2022, changes the narrative, where the theme from Moscow, 1941 which was based on the Russian folk song Meadowlands) now becomes the aggressor, and the heroic people of Ukraine are represented by the Ukrainian National Anthem and the powerful song Prayer for Ukraine.

Musicians familiar with Moscow, 1941 will undoubtedly hear the intentional parallels between the two pieces, and I can see Kyiv, 2022 being performed alongside or in place of Moscow. Certainly, it will spark a lot of conversations about humanity, culture and more. I hope directors are able to use this piece to help students see how music really can help us related to the world around us, and also to offer a musical way to support the people of Ukraine.

- Program Note by composer


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