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Stephen Paulus

Stephen Paulus

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: BandQuest
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mosaic, by Stephen Paulus, is a representation in sound of the varied qualities each of us possesses and contributes to the whole of our society. As a kaleidoscope of various musical elements coming together, this work evokes a visual of mosaics -- tiny tiles individually glued together to create a broader image. It integrates layers of sound with varying meters that feature every instrument in the band.

In the composer's own words, "Mosaic is a work of many facets and layers. I have put it together much the same way that a muralist would make a mosaic out of little pieces of ceramic tiles. In some sense, it is like a jigsaw puzzle. Many pieces of sound are put together to make one big picture. The different meters (7/8, 2/4, 3/4) make for different sizes of musical bits.

"I also decided to orchestrate this work differently from the usual band work. So, not everyone plays all the time. Percussion players do much more than simply beat time and are often brought in with the specific purpose of helping to "color" the mural. Many times only certain woodwinds play while others wait their turn to enter and add their "personality" to the mix. To me, the idea of a mosaic also represents a contemporary picture of our world -- vast mixes of people of all colors, backgrounds and experiences -- who we might find living in any part of the world."

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Texas: II. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Cereal City (Battle Creek, Mich.) Concert Band (Stephen G. White, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • Indiana State University (Terre Haute) Wind Symphony (Christopher Halstead, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Joshua Glaser, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Concert Band (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 6 October 2017
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Ray Cramerart, conductor) – 15 December 2005 (2005 Midwest Clinic)
  • DeLaSalle High School (Concord, Calif.) ensemble (John Christian, conductor) - 10 December 2003 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • BandQuest website
  • Bowen, C. Kevin. "Mosaic." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 398-402. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Paulus, S. (2004). Mosaic [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Stephen Paulus website Accessed 13 September 2017