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Sinfonia XVII: The Four Winds

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Timothy Broege

Timothy Broege

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Oboe (Flute II)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Tom-Toms (low)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sinfonia XVII: The Four Winds was commissioned by the Charles D. Evans Junior High School Band and Orchestra Boosters of Ottumwa, Iowa for the Evans Junior High School Wind Symphony, Phillip C. Wise and Jena S. Hawk, directors. The piece was composed during June and July of 1989 and is derived from the musical materials in movements one, four, five and seven of the composer's Suite on the First Tone for organ solo.

The four winds blow variously from north, south, east and west, causing clouds to race across the sky, fires to blaze high in the great forests, melancholy to permeate the souls of dreamers, and promises of adventure to perfume the air with excitement.

In the great organs of the baroque cathedrals, the four winds bring to musical life the pipes of the main wind chests: grand organ, positive organ, solo organ and pedal.

The instruments of the wind ensemble are characterized by their sounds-flutes, single reeds, double reeds, brasses-and it is the four-fold richness of timbre in the band to which the composer pays tribute. From the world of natural wonders, the great pipe organs, and the timbrel diversity of wind instruments Sinfonia XVII draws its inspiration.

Program Note by Timothy Broege

Commercial Discography

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Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Texas: III

Recent Performances

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, Concert Band, (Jeremy Cochran, guest conductor) - 23 February 2014

Additional Works for Winds by this Composer

Additional Resources

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