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Symphony for Wind Ensemble (Monick)

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Julien Monick

Julien Monick

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 20:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Julien Monick
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00  |   Score Only (print) - $60.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. ReFormation
2. Stability
3. Chaos


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute/Flute IV
Oboe I
Oboe II/English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crotales
  • Drum Set
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Partch Chimes (large)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Symphony for Wind Ensemble is divided into three movements played continuously. The first movement is titled ReFormation, the second Stability, and the third Chaos. Together these movements are meant to portray the rise and fall of a civilization/society.

The symphony’s compositional material is based on five core thematic ideas, each representing a different aspect of civilization. [Re]Formation begins with these ideas disconnected from each other in a soft murmur. Slowly these ideas unite, showing their potential to work together. The pace of the movement picks up, with each idea developing and morphing into various shapes and colors. The shifting of color ends and the energy gradually fades away, leaving the piano to sweep the energy into the second movement. The second movement, Stability, opens with a tranquil presentation of the five ideas each subtly transformed. The style shifts to a light groove, celebrating the peaceful cooperation of all the motives with the piano playing in an improvisatory leading role. This groove is gradually let go, leaving the five motives to weave together in a free and open style. In this open passage, the piano begins to fade away from its leading role and the rest of the ensemble takes dominance with a dark foreboding swell of things to come. In the final moments of Stability the full ensemble fades away. leaving the piano alone and unsupported.

Chaos begins and the five ideas each fight for dominance, unable to lock in a groove again. Throughout the movement, the piano continuously tries to introduce a new harmonic idea, at one point hammering it out as loud as it can, but to no avail. The tyrant motif punctuates the end of the piano’s failed statement and true chaos presents itself. This cacophony ends abruptly and is followed by a dirge held for the five ideas, developing in a similar style to the beginning of ReFormation. Throughout the dirge, the new idea the piano tried to state is the harmonic ground for the final presentation of the five core ideas.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Terrence Milligan, conductor) – 19 October 2018
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs) Wind Ensemble (Jefferey Renshaw, conductor) – March 2016 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer