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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 by publisher

This was a commission from the Hudson (Wisc.) High School Concert Band. It premiered at the Wisconsin State Conference of Music Educators in 1987 with Kristin Tjornehoj conducting.

The piece begins with a playful cakewalk (alto saxophone and euphonium solos) but quickly "metamorphoses" into a minimalistic section where only the characteristic cakewalk rhythm remains. The cakewalk tune returns at the end.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • 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.