Symphony I (Bukvich)

From Wind Repertory Project
Daniel Bukvich

Daniel Bukvich

Subtitle: In Memoriam, Dresden, Germany, 1945

General Info

Year: 1978 / 1993 / 2019
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $8.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Prologue - 1:20
2. Seeds in the Wind - 1:45
3. Ave Maria - 2:00
4. Fire Storm - 1:30


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drums (suspended)
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Drums
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Tom (large)
  • Vibraphone

Players talking and screaming


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

On the night of February 13, 1945, Allied forces fire-bombed the undefended German city of Dresden. Swollen by the flow of refugees fleeing the advancing Russian Army to almost twice its normal population, the "Fire Storm" killed approximately 150,000 men, women and children.

Movement I "Prologue"
This movement establishes the mood of impending disaster and presents the thematic material upon which the rest of the piece is based.

Movement II "Seeds in the Wind"
The title of this movement refers to the method of "seeding" the bomb target with jellied gasoline and incendiaries. The movement portrays the fury of the bombing attack.

Movement III "Ave Maria"
The material in this movement reflects upon the religious and artistic heritage of Dresden and becomes a prayer for the victims of the attack.

Movement IV "Fire Storm"
In this movement, the sounds of the "Fire Storm" are re-created. Musically, the last movement serves as a resolution to the tension built up in the previous three movements.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • Minnesota - Category I


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