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Sun Cycles

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH

Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bb Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Bassoon
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Darbukas
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Frame Drum
  • Marimba
  • Shaker
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This innovative work is based on the Egyptian Sun God Ra and features a wealth of Middle Eastern percussion instruments. A mystical opening leads into the main theme of the work, representing the beginning of day. The second section, “Journey through the sky,” takes the listener on a journey with Ra as he flies through the clouds, following the sun's rotation. A dark passage represents his journey to the Underworld before the original theme returns once more to represent “Renewal.” Music then builds as an incredible series of modulating chords and textures all combine to bring the piece to a tremendous and powerful conclusion.

-Program note by publisher


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Recent Performances

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Additional Works for Winds by this Composer


References

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