Snake Charmer

From Wind Repertory Project
Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
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
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Mallets (Bells/Xylophone)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (opt. Tom-Toms)
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Maracas
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Snake Charmer is a piece of music intended to invoke the air of exotic mystery that surrounds the art of snake charming. An altered scale gives the piece a slightly middle-eastern flavor. The piece begins with the image of the charmer setting up his performance area in the streets, opening the lid, and letting the serpent appear. Then, the snake begins its swaying, dangerous dance until, exhausted, it returns to the dark safety of its basket.

- Program Note from score

This highly evocative work invokes the air of exotic mystery that surrounds the art of snake charming. An eastern scale, very colorful percussion writing, aleatoric techniques, and an optional loud or soft ending make Snake Charmer a one-of-a-kind work that adventurous bands will not want to miss.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Randall Standridge website Accessed 22 December 2020
  • Standridge, R. (2009). Snake Charmer [score]. Grand Mesa Music: Grand Junction, Colo.