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Nevermore

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This modern work based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven tells the eerie story of a man confronted by a sinister bird, and his slow descent into utter madness. A haunting piano line starts the piece, surrounded by contemporary effects and textures. As the man becomes more irritated, the music picks up in tempo and becomes increasingly dissonant and violent until it erupts in a cacophony of chaos. Finally, the man "breaks," and the unsettling sounds of the opening piano return to conclude the piece.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by the Edgar Allan Poe Middle School Symphonic Band, Annandale, Va., Scott C. Niehoff and Zachary A. Gomez, Directors of Bands

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Georgia: III
  • Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP I
  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: III


Performances

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  • Ohio University (Athens) University Band (Rebecca Titus, conductor) – 27 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Cassandra A. Bechard, conductor) – 30 October 2017
  • Greyslake (Ill.) Middle School (Steve Thomas, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • La Quinta (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Darren Loney, conductor) – 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Balmages, B. (2011). Nevermore [score]. FJH Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.