Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein

From Wind Repertory Project
Erika Svanoe

Erika Svanoe

Subtitle: A Modern Promethean Tango

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2019
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Saxophone quartet
Publisher: Swan Maiden Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Drum Set
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mary Shelley Meets Frankenstein: A Modern Promethean Tango imagines a scenario where the young author meets her own creation, the monster brought to life whom we colloquially refer to as “Frankenstein.” They meet, circling each other in a dance reflective of a tango. Mary is initially curious and sympathetic, while the creature pleads for compassion. In the moment when the two come together, Mary’s sympathy is overwhelmed by horror and she begins to panic, while the creature becomes furious with her rejection. With the final notes, we are left asking ourselves -- who is the real monster?

Commissioned by Andrew Boysen, Jr. and the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • San Francisco (Calif.) Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (Pete Nowlen, conductor) - 30 September 2023
  • Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Kaitlin Bove, conductor) - 2 March 2023
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Foteini Angeli, conductor) - 30 November 2022
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) - 11 October 2022
  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 24 October 2021
  • Prior Lake High School (Savage, Minn.) Band (Justin Schramm, conductor) – 12 March 2020

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