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Kenneth Froelich

Kenneth Froelich

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gary P. Gilroy Productions
Cost: Score and Parts - $79.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Small Messages is inspired by Twitter, the social media news service known for its short, 140-character news bites. There are obvious allusions to Twitter in the music, such as the length of the work (exactly 140 measures), as well as some more obscure references, such as the use of five short motives that are repeated -- or "retweeted" -- throughout the music. Perhaps the most obscure reference is the fact that each of these five motives also represents a group of characters from a tweet about Twitter:

The world tweets in silence, yet billions attempt to listen to this utterly nonsensical and noiseless cacophony that sums our daily routine.

This tweet was "translated" into music, with the three most common letters (T, E, and S) each receiving their own motive. The next four common letters (I, N, O, L) share a single motive, and the remaining letters in the tweet share a motive as well. This translation created a musical thread that can be traced through the entire work. Thus the tweet is omnipresent, at times in the background, but never disappearing entirely.

- Program Note from publisher

Composed for the University of Las Vegas, Nevada Wind Ensemble, Thomas G. Leslie, director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 16 December 2019
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 19 December 2016
  • Indiana University Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 30 September 2015
  • California State University, Fresno, Wind Orchestra (Lawrence R. Sutherland, conductor) - 22 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.