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No Strings

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Frank La Rocca

Frank La Rocca

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lumen Verum Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IB
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I - VIII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This California-based composer writes, almost entirely, vocal music unmistakably inspired by liturgical chant and the masters of the Renaissance and Baroque, but filtered through a musical sensibility informed by the works of 20th-century modernists: beauty ever ancient, ever new. La Rocca has received grants, commissions and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, the Foundation for Sacred Arts, Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco, Diocese of Oakland, ASCAP Foundation, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Vanguard Voices, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and many others.

Trained as an academic modernist during his degree studies at Yale and University of California, Berkeley, La Rocca came to see this approach as a barrier to authentic musical expression, and spent many years in search of a personal creative language. His catalog includes works in all genres, with an emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works. No Strings, a study in the minimalist style of the later part of the 20th century, is his only work for the modern wind band and was commissioned for the 1993 California All-State Band.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 30 November 2016

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 3 February 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer