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Miniature Suite

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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $250.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $100.00. Movements may be purchased separately.


1. Introit – Tin Riot – 1:30
2. Echo Dreams – 3:45
3. Eristic Zeal – 1:30
4. The Low Arc of the Sun – 4:40
5. Irrational Joy – 2:30


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional but strongly encouraged)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Miniature Suite is a modular group of five works commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Sorority, for their 2017 national convention in Orlando, Florida. Informed by my work with honor bands, I set out to create a group of short works that can be easily adapted to a variety of performance scenarios, dropping works as necessary to fit instrumentation or time requirements, as well as choosing which instrumentalists to feature.

The opening work, Introit: Tin Riot is a short fanfare that works either with full ensemble, or for brass alone (plus glockenspiel).

Echo Dreams, the second of the five works, features euphonium and bass clarinet solos, as well as piano and vibraphone. While the other works have optional piano parts, this is the only one that requires that instrument.

The third work, Eristic Zeal, is short, aggressive, and quirky, and is perfect if the ensemble has two adept saxophone players (one soprano and one alto).

The Low Arc of the Sun is a simple, short chorale, similar in style to Dusk or Nothing Gold Can Stay, but shorter.

Irrational Joy is a bright and energetic work, suitable as an opener or closer.

Each of the works will work as standalone pieces on a program, or they can be interspersed throughout a program, as well as combined in various ways. For example, I think Introit: Tin Riot, The Low Arc of the Sun, and Irrational Joy would make a satisfying combination.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V


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  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Nevada Mills, conductor) - 11 March 2022
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagán, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) - 24 February 2020
  • Libertyville (Ill.) High School Band (Adam Gohr, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Justin Swearinger, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor) – 27 November 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan S. Smith, conductor) – 30 October 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Travis Higa, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Symphony (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 14 July 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Benjamin Harper, conductor) - 25 April 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southern Conference, Tampa, Fla.)
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan S. Kelly, conductor) – 19 February 2018
  • University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony (Bradley Genervo, conductor) - 15 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Alabama Symphonic Band (Tuscaloosa) (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 1 February 2018
  • Kappa Kappa Psi / Tau Beta Sigma National Convention Intercollegiate Band (Orlando, Fla.) (Richard Clary, conductor) – 17 July 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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