Second to None

From Wind Repertory Project
Carl Holmquist

Carl Holmquist

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV-V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Leading Tones Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1/1a

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 2/2a

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 3/3a

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 4/4a

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum (kick)
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Hi-Hat
  • Mallets
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Second to None is a funky fanfare dedicated to the city of Chicago that is inspired by its nickname -- The Second City. The music overflows with rhythmic excitement, colorful harmonic language and an ever-present tone of joy, energy and optimism. The harmonic interval of a second, where two notes clash together in close proximity, is incorporated constantly throughout the piece, symbolizing the beauty that can result from sounds that at first glance seem to be discordant.

Chicago is a special, spectacular city, "second to none," where a diverse community comes together to create a beautiful culture that is the envy of cities around the world.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by Chicago Public Schools for their Adaptable Music Catalog (COVID-19).

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Concert Band (Denny Hawkins, conductor) - 10 April 2023

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