Rusted Heart, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Troy Armstrong

Troy Armstrong

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Skyward Harmony Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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
String Bass (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Metal Pieces, suspended (4)
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When driving through the Midwest, one comes across many rusted towns, places where there seemingly hasn’t been a new building constructed in decades. The signs are faded, half the buildings appear empty, and everything has a patina in these rural hamlets. As I drive through these towns, I often find a sense of melancholy comes over me.

But I also know the spirit of these places are still alive even though they may be in a state of decay. I can't help but love the rust. I acknowledge and cherish all of the history and culture, all of the music and art that this patina has grown over. If the soul of America is in these places, then why did we let them corrode? This led me to ask this question that prompted this solemn yet hopeful musical piece for winds and percussion: “Can a rusted heart still beat?”

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Blue Valley West Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Cheryl Lee, Director

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Alamosa (Colo.) State University Wind Ensemble (Angela Winter, conductor) – 18 October 2018

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