Midnight in Buenos Aires

From Wind Repertory Project
Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - ₤84.95   |   Score Only (print) - ₤17.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Bari Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet (in Eb) (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum (with a foot pedal)
  • Cow bell
  • Cymbals (suspended and Crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Pantomime whistle
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Midnight in Buenos Aires was born out of the composer’s early attraction to Latin American music – in particular the tango. The work sets out to capture the combination of darkness, violence, mystery, and seductive passion that make up this Argentinean dance.

The work, which last around 11 minutes, is in two parts. An opening Andante which starts with menacing drum beats and continues in a corrupt and decadent style. The main Allegro commences in fragmentary manner before the trumpet starts a “night-club” theme that has an important role throughout the whole episode. There is a shorter, quieter, middle section before the return of the opening drumbeats, and the faster music has the final word.

The work was commissioned by the Harmonie St. Caecilla Blerick and their Principal Conductor, Andreas Van Zoellen.

- Program Note by Adam Gorb


(Needed - please join the WRP if you can help.)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Knightwind Ensemble [Milwaukee, Wisc.] (Erik Janners, conductor) - 18 November 2012
  • University of Louisville Wind Ensemble (Frederick Speck, conductor) - 16 February 2008
  • Harmonie St. Caecilla Blerick (Andreas van Zoelen, conductor) - 8-9 January 2008
  • Harmonie St. Caecilla Blerick (Andreas van Zoelen, conductor) - 26-27 October 2007   -  **WORLD PREMIERE**

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Adam Gorb website
  • Gorb, A. (2007). Midnight in Buenos Aires [score]. Studio Music Company: London.