Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places

From Wind Repertory Project
Alan Hovhaness

Alan Hovhaness

General Info

Year: 1965
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CF Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Study Score - $13.50


Full Score
Solo Trumpet in Bb
Flutes I-II-III
Oboes I-II
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinets I-II
Bass Clarinet
Bassoons I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (2 players) including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The work begins in 5/4 meter with the juxtaposition of woodwind chords with the solo trumpet playing a descending line of whole note, quarter note, whole note. The first expansion of the melodic material appears in the third measure of rehearsal 1. At rehearsal 2 an aleatoric passage suddenly appears fortissimo for a minute duration, which contains patterns of sixteenth notes in most of the winds with glissandos in the trombones and rolls in the percussion; this passage over the course of a minute diminuendos into the glissandos of the trombones which close the movement. The second movement is in 2/4 meter with alternating patterns of eight notes between the solo trumpet and woodwinds. Slowly these patterns evolve with the addition of sixteenth notes. Near the end of the work the rhythms in the solo voice include dotted eighth sixteenth figures as well as pairs of descending thirty-second notes.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hovhaness, A. (1965). Return and rebuild the desolate places [score]. New York: C.F. Peters