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Spin Cycle

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Scott Lindroth

Scott Lindroth

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2005
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score & Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $9.95


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Mallet Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ringing Metal*
  • Ruthe
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum (piccolo and small)
  • Suspended Cymbals (small and medium)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone

* For details about 'ringing metal,' see Discussion tab, above.


In score:

  • Bassoon III, m.11, m.16, m.26: Add flat markings to 3rd and 5th notes (concert D)
  • Baritone Saxophone, m.199: Add sharp marking to fourth note (C below staff; concert pitch is E natural)
  • Percussion I, m.54: Remove flat marking from third note (concert A within staff)
  • Percussion III, m.73: Player is using marimba, not vibraphone as denoted

Program Notes

Spin Cycle was commissioned by H. Robert Reynolds and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. It was premiered by Michael Haithcock in March 2002, and is dedicated to T.J. Anderson. In the composer’s own words:

Spin Cycle was composed during a period I was writing music for choreography as well as incidental music for theater. The nature of those projects called for slow, contemplative music, so when the opportunity to compose a work for wind ensemble came along, I was eager to write music that was quick and agile. The title refers to the swirling, spinning melodic figured that are heard everywhere in the piece. These figures alternate with syncopated repeated notes that sound something like Morse code. In fact, these rhythms are based on names of people close to me which have been enciphered as a rhythmic pattern. This breathless, energetic music soon gives way to music with a more sustained and lyrical character. Now the spinning figures appear as ornaments to syncopated riffs accompanying long-breathed melodies. Dissonant trumpet fanfares based on the rhythmic cipher figures announce the recapitulation of the opening music, followed by an extended coda to bring the music to a conclusion.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Lindroth, S. (2005). Spin Cycle [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.