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Suite Dreams

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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gorilla Salad Productions / Hal Leonard Corp.
Cost: Score and Parts - $245.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Harp (optional)
Contrabass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Program Notes

Suite Dreams is the fourth and final(?) of my Parody Suite pieces. Unlike the others (Chester Leaps In, ImPercynations, and MetaMarch), it's not intentionally funny and tongue-in-cheek in character. Rather, it's a dream-like fantasia based on Holst's First Suite in Eb. The motivic material is drawn from the inverted Chaconne melody in Mvt. I and from Mvt. III.

- Program Note by composer

Suite Dreams is the fourth work in Bryant’s Parody Suite, a collection of loving tributes to wind band classics. Bryant uses the word “parody” without irony. He did not seek to belittle or ridicule the original piece; rather he sought to “remix” the original pieces “as filtered through (his) hazy memory of playing these works when (he) was a student.” The source material of Suite Dreams is Gustav Holst’s First Suite for Military Band, specifically Holst’s inverted chaconne theme of the first movement. Suite Dreams takes the form of a fantasia, where rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic elements of Hoist’s theme float through Bryant’s compositional textures.

The unique texture of Suite Dream' stems from the post-modern techniques Bryant utilizes throughout the piece. One such technique is the frequent use of aleatoric figures throughout piece. Bryant provides the musicians with guidelines for each aleatoric section: a set of pitches to perform (or in many cases hum!), a dynamic range to perform a note, and a time period in which the musicians must perform these actions. He, though, allows the musicians to choose how and when each musical event occurs. Interspersing aleatoric sections throughout the more traditionally composed piece creates a mood of controlled chaos, allowing elements of the Holst and of Bryant’s own invention to come in and out of focus throughout the piece.

- Program Note by San Diego State University Wind Symphony concert program, 13 March 2014



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) - 28 February 2023
  • Webster University (Webster Groves, Mo.) Wind Ensemble (Paul G. Davis, conductor) - 10 October 2022
  • Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor) - 22 November 2021
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (J. Stephen Moore, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 9 October 2019
  • Rouge River Winds (Toronto, Ont., Can.) (Pratik Gandhi, conductor) - 13 April 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Matthew J. McCurry, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 12 February 2019
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (J. Stephen Moore, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 15 September 2017
  • Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) Wind Symphony (Lorrie Crochet, conductor) - 28 March 2017
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Donald Peterson, conductor) – 2 March 2017
  • Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Symphonic Band (Stephen Pratt, conductor) - 13 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas Enrico Williams, conductor) – 6 October 2015
  • University of Michigan Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) - 16 March 2015
  • San Diego State University Wind Symphony (Shannon Kitelinger, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 13 March 2014
  • Texas A&M University Wind Symphony: February 2011

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