Tattoo (Syler)

From Wind Repertory Project
James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score

Any number or combination of woodwinds will work -- the more the better. Parts are available in treble and bass and in the keys of C, B-flat, and E-flat.

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
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Gong (small and large)
  • Marimba
  • Stare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Built on the techniques of minimalism, this work separates the timbre and color of the woodwind and brass choirs. The woodwinds begin by playing repeated fragments that create a shifting contrapuntal texture along a steady pulse. The brasses are divided into stage-right and stage-left choirs and play out of time with the woodwinds. As the music develops and the energy builds, they come together to drive the music to its climax.

Tattoo was commissioned by a consortium of 20 university wind ensembles.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • James Syler website Accessed 29 April 2023
  • Syler, J. (2005). Tattoo [score]. Ballerbach: [s.l.].