From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes

This work bears the designation Opus 154.

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Finger Cymbals (optional)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Quest is a dramatic work for younger players. It is intended to portray a noble, mystical pursuit of some great conquest or accomplishment. It is full of driving percussion, resolving tone clusters, dramatic brass writing and spectacular musical statements, all of which are within the range and capabilities of younger or less experienced bands.

The slower, softer middle portion of the work features easy passages for solo oboe, solo bassoon and solo piccolo (all of which are safely cued in other instruments.) This portion of the work affords a moment of mysterious repose before the faster, highly dramatic music returns. The work ends with a last C major.

- Program note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 30 November 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Barnes, J. (2017). Quest: For Concert Band, op. 154 [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Sharon Toulouse, personal correspondence, 1 December 2016