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Pandora's Box

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Brett William Dietz

Brett William Dietz

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General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the University of Scranton Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from score

Pandora's box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora's creation in Hesiod's Works and Days. The "box" was actually a large jar given to Pandora ("all-gifted", "all-giving"), which contained all the evils of the world. Pandora opened the jar and all the evils flew out, leaving only "Hope" inside once she had closed it again. Today the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching negative consequences.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dominic Talanca, conductor) – 22 May 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brett William Dietz website Accessed 22 May 2016
  • Dietz, B. (1999) Pandora's box : For Winds and Percussion [score]. MMB Music: St. Louis, Mo.
  • Pandora's Box, Wikipedia Accessed 22 May 2016
  • Silvey, Brian A. "Pandora's Box." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 726-733. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.