Passacaglia in Primary Colors

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) – Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III (2 per part desired)
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
Contrabassoon (or E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet or B-flat Contrabass Clarinet)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (3-4 per part desired)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional but preferred)
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Contra-Bass (2 preferred)
Harp (or Piano; Harp preferred)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum (concert)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals (large and very large)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block (large)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Passacaglia in Primary Colors for Symphonic Band was commissioned by the University of Michigan in celebration of Michael Haithcock’s twenty-two years as director of bands at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance.

The American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) often employed repetition of images and vibrant primary colors in his art works. Passacaglia in Primary Colors is structured as a passacaglia, one of the most recognizable structures for musical repetition. The main musical motive consists of 15 pulses or beats, repeated and transformed into unpredictable tonalities and blocks of instrumental color.

- Program Note by composer

Passacaglia in Primary Colors is the fifth movement of Daugherty's 2022 work Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol, for orchestra.


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