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Point Blank (chamber)

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Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley

Subtitle: For Chamber Winds

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2020
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber orchestra
Publisher: Paul Dooley
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Free to perform during the 2020-21 concert season.

Instrumentation (one player per part)

Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Bongos
  • Drum Set
    • Hi-hat
    • Kick Drum
    • Snare Drum
    • Splash Cymbal
  • Flexatone
  • Marimba (4.6 octaves)
  • Shaker (small)
  • Snare Drum (piccolo)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Point Blank (2010) for wind ensemble was commissioned by a consortium organized by Gary Green of the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble. Point Blank is inspired by electronic music, in particular a style called Drum and Bass. I explore the interaction between computer-generated musical material and the human performer. For the wind ensemble's percussion battery, I transcribe tightly interlocking electronic rhythmic material. The drum set and timpani whirl the ensemble through an array of electronically inspired orchestrations, while the winds and brass shriek for dear life!

I initially re-composed Point Blank for Michael Haithcock [University of Michigan], who asked me for it over the summer [2020]. It's actually the ten-year anniversary of the premiere of the original version, so I decided to make it free, and be my contribution to this crazy school year we're having.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) - 8 May 2021
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Tim Paul, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello II, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 3 April 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 4 March 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 23 November 2020
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) – 19 November 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Dooley, P.; Shin, P. (2012). Point Blank: For Band (2012) [score]. Paul Dooley Music: [United States].
  • McCallum, Wendy. "Point Blank." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 993-1001. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Paul Dooley website Accessed 21 October 2020
  • Perusal score