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Pulse (Brouwer)

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Margaret Brouwer

Margaret Brouwer

General Info

Year: 2003 / 2013
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Brouwer New Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00; (rental) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A constant motor rhythm beats throughout most of Pulse. More and more instruments enter with varying rhythms, but over the same basic pulse. In a contrasting middle section the underlying pulse, while still there, is somewhat hidden. Mysterious sounds throughout the wind ensemble create a background for wisps and fragments of melodies with the flavor of different cultures. The beginning motor rhythm returns, but near the end there is a longer rendition of the melody played by the woodwind section, accompanied by low brass and percussion. Rhythmic pulses of differing values exist over a steady grand pulse that is the same for all.

Originally a work for orchestra, this version of Pulse for wind symphony was commissioned by the Texas State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Caroline Beatty, conductor.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography

  • Audio CD: [xxx]

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas State University Wind Symphony (Caroline Beatty, conductor) – 20 March 2014 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brouwer, M. (2013). Pulse: For Wind Symphony (2013) [score]. Brouwer New Music Publishing: [New York?].
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 275.
  • Margaret Brouwer website Accessed 2 January 2021