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Stephen Gryc

Stephen Gryc

Subtitle: For Woodwind Octet

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephen Michael Gryc
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


1. Idle Amusements - 4:25
2. Frenzied Dance – 3:05
3. Graceful Dance – 4:45
4. Rude Awakening – 4:00


Flute I-II (doubling piccolo)
Oboe I-II (doubling English horn)
B-flat and A Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The great Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868) retired from the life of the theater in 1829 after composing thirty-nine operas in nineteen years. He lived the latter part of his life in Paris where he presided over extravagant musical and culinary soirées for which he composed many songs, piano pieces, and works for small ensembles.

Rossini assembled a diverse catalog of his later works into a collection that he titled Sins of Old Age. The four movements of Rossiniana (three piano pieces and one song, the Tarantella Napoletana) are taken from this large collection. Most of Rossini’s later music is light-hearted and humorous, yet it is as fully inventive and virtuosic as his earlier theater music. Woodwind instruments, featured so often in the jolliest melodies of his operas, capture the humor and dash of music that reflects Rossini’s enormous zest for life.

- Program Note by composer

Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age) is a collection of 150 vocal and solo piano pieces by composer Gioacchino Rossini, who was best known for his operas. The pieces are grouped into fourteen unpublished albums under this self-deprecating and ironic title. The ordering of the pieces in the albums does not reflect the sequence or the dates of their composition, which range from 1857 to shortly before Rossini's death in 1868. The title Péchés de vieillesse was given by Rossini only to volumes V-IX, but has since been extended to the complete set.

The Péchés de vieillesse are salon music, though of a refined order, meant to be performed in the privacy of Rossini's drawing room at Passy.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.) Symphony Orchestra Winds (Paul Phillips, conductor) - 3 June 2021
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Brendan Boyle, conductor) – 16 June 2019
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Chamber Winds (Chris Chapman, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • New Mexico Philharmonic (Santa Fe) (Eric Rombach-Kendall, conductor) – 14 January 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 7 November 2017
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Andrea Brown, conductor) – 6 October 2017 Premiere Performance

Works for Winds by This Composer


Catgory: Chamber