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Metamorphosis (Kallman)

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Daniel Kallman

Daniel Kallman

Subtitle: On an Original Cakewalk

General Info

Year: 1986 / 2005
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £46.99   |   Score Only (print) - $9.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks (or Cabasa)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A good-natured and supremely catchy original cakewalk tune, in Kallman's hands, surprisingly transforms into minimalistic music propelled by a xylophone ostinato, then back again. A classic old American song-form with a new twist.

- Program Note from publisher

Metamorphosis on an Original Cakewalk (1987/2005) was the third commission Kallman received and his first work for wind symphony. Written for the Hudson High School Concert Band, the work received its premiere performance at the Wisconsin State Conference of Music Educators in 1987, with Kristin Tjornehoj conducting.

As the title implies, the main musical inspiration comes from the cakewalk, a late nineteenth and early twentieth-century dance of African American origin. The familiar rhythm of the cakewalk along with Kallman’s original tune frames the middle section of the work. Kallman describes this section as (“disintegration or ‘metamorphosis’ into a minimalist development where the instruments are formed in independent families, each repeating melodic or rhythmic fragments within their own metrical structures.”) The xylophone maintains the constant cakewalk rhythm throughout the extended middle section while the music is built back before the restatement of the opening material and a brief coda.

- Program Note from University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 October 2021


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 20 October 2021
  • Spring-Ford (Penn.) High School Band (Seth Jones, conductor) – 5 February 2016 – (West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band Symposium)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Daniel Kallman website Accessed 6 February 2016
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Daniel Kallman." Accessed 6 February 2016
  • Kallman, D. (2005). Metamorphosis: (On an Original Cakewalk) [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [s.l.]
  • Kitelinger, Jennifer. "Metamorphosis." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 660-667. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.