Spontaneous Beings

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


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

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Buffalo Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Powwow Drum
  • Rattle
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block, high


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on oral history of the Anishinaabeg, this piece draws its name from Ojibwe historian Basil Johnston, who offered the literal translation of the name as “spontaneous beings.” Based on authentic folk music and steeped in tradition, the piece relies heavily on traditional percussion instruments. Very approachable, yet extremely powerful.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the 2014 Summer Teaching Symposium Consortium, Duluth, Minnesota.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Gettysburg (Penn.) College Symphony Band (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 16 November 2018

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