Miniatures (Santos)

From Wind Repertory Project
Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos

Subtitle: For Chamber Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: 18:25
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Giovanni Santos
Cost: Score and Parts - Under consortium exclusivity 2021


1. Jump Start - 1:00
2. Embrace the Ambiguity - 1:25
3. Gianna's Mood - 1:50
4. Gianna's Song - 1:50
5. Legos for David - 1:30
6. Tallis - 1:05
7. Mangú - 1:20
8. Song - 2:25
9. Ecstatic - 1:30
10. Second Circle - 1:55


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat (or C) Trumpet
Horn in F
Prepared Piano
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro (metal)
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whistle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Players clapping and stomping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Miniatures for Chamber Wind Ensemble is a suite of ten short works for wind and percussion. Each movement tells a story or creates a mood. Each one of these little vignettes is dedicated to special people in my life, a source of great inspiration and gratitude.

I. Jump Start is dedicated to my mentor and great source of inspiration and friendship: Prof. H. Robert Reynolds is the reason I’m a collegiate band director, and I’m eternally grateful for his mentorship!

II. Dr. Clifford Madsen serves as director of music education at Florida State University and the most important figure in music education research (ever). He inspired me to be a better teacher and to never stop improving. One of his favorite sayings, Embrace the Ambiguity, is related to making every moment count in education. We can learn from everything. "The learning process is perpetual throughout life’s time."

III. Gianna's Mood. Gianna is my daughter. I originally composed this piece for chamber orchestra for an assignment. I wrote it late at night during a day of ups and downs with my daughter. In other words, she was moody. No matter what, she always brings joy to my life.

IV. Gianna's Song. I frequently hear my daughter singing or whistling improvised melodies. Why not have her do some composing? My daughter and I had a wonderful time working on this movement together!

V. Legos for David. Most parents have experienced the intense pain of stepping on Lego blocks. This movement depicts a random day, chasing and playing with my son David.

VI. Tallis is dedicated to Florida State University composition professor Dr. Clifton Callender.

VII. Mangú is my favorite dish, the national dish of the Dominican Republic and dedicated to my mother.

VIII. Song - for Tanya. I live most of my life trying to impress my wife, something I’ve been doing since we were both sixteen. This is just the next episode in my quest.

IX. Ecstatic is dedicated to my friend, Dr. Mallory Thompson.

X. The final movement, Second Circle, is dedicated to Prof. Richard Clary. This movement highlights our mutual love for jazz and our fascination with the music of Pat Metheny.

- Program Note by composer, edited by Jon Noworyta


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Manhattan School of Music (New York, N.Y.) Camerata Nova (Giovanni Santos, conductor) - 24 January 2023
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Charles Conrad, conductor) – 16 October 2021
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Chamber Winds (Timothy Kaiser, conductor) - 15 October 2021
  • University of Indianapolis (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jon Noworyta, conductor) - 26 September 2021
  • Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Bowen, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Wind Ensemble Chamber Players (James Popejoy, conductor) - 22 April 2021
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (George Shannon II, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • Houghton (New York) College Wind Ensemble (Timothy McGarvey, conductor) - 13 March 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) - 4 March 2021
  • Carthage College (Kenosha, Wisc.) Amati Winds - 19 February 2021

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