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Roland Barrett

Roland Barrett

Subtitle: April 20th, 1914

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin-Mills
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Gong (2)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Water Gong
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This intriguing work was inspired by the tragic events of the Ludlow Massacre of April 20, 1914, the deadliest single incident in the southern Colorado Coal Strike of 1913 and 1914. This strike, the result of the United Mine Workers Association’s call for coal miners to walk off the job in protest of working conditions and low wages, is considered as one of America’s most violent confrontations between organized labor and corporate management.

A slow opening passage, representing the early morning hours at the miners’ tent village on the eventful day, begins ominously with brief flute, oboe, and clarinet solos accompanied by wind chimes and a contemplative trumpet section statement, occasionally interrupted by loud percussion punches. Suddenly the piece becomes fast and menacing as tensions escalate. Driving rhythms, powerful brass statements, busy woodwind lines, and a mixed-meter section all combine to convey a sense of frantic desperation and chaos leading up to the deadly confrontation between miners and the mining company’s hired militia. A sad and mournful contrasting section, featuring a solo flugelhorn playing a paraphrased version of the Colorado state song Where the Columbines Grow depicts the tragic aftermath of the 14-hour battle. The driving final section of the composition, intended to convey a sense of faith, resolution, and perseverance, includes persistent rhythmic patterns, bold brass lines, brief solos for trumpet and horn, and the effective use of passages from the Doxology.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.5 (2015): 48. Print