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Sinfonietta (Syler)

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James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $300.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drums (2: small and medium)
  • Bells
  • Crotales
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: small and medium)
  • Tom-toms (4: large and medium)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This one-movement abstract work is in three sections and begins with a timpani motive containing the intervallic and rhythmic ideas to be developed -- most notably the m3rd and m6th. A lyrical 12-tone theme follows and is developed by way of a fugue where each entrance is at the m7th, not the P5th, creating a perpetual spiral fugue. It grows in volume, complexity, and weight to its culmination in the brass. The B section is slower and features oboe and bassoon solos developed from the original 12-tone theme. Static woodwinds and keyboard percussion provide background to simple melodic lines. The final C section is Allegro and begins with a traditional fugal treatment in 7/4 of the opening theme. The music develops and restates the opening as it grows in intensity, power, and weight to the end.

The work was commissioned by a consortium of 20 university wind ensembles, and completed in 2012.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Chee Weng Yim, conductor) – 21 February 2018

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