Terra Cruda

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Susan Botti

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General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 15:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: SUBO Music, available from Theodore Front Musical Literature
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II (doubling flute)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV-V
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Terra Cruda translates from the Italian as "raw earth." It explores the innate behavior of aggression, its natural aspects, repercussions and transformation.

According to the composer, there was no specific literary source for Terra Cruda. She states:

The subject was chosen as a reaction to the world around ne. With so much conflict, war, and aggression in the world, I wanted to try to make sense of it – reflect on it, on the nature of it. I think particularly I was trying to understand the line between aggression and heroism.

Tonal, non-tonal, aleatoric and polyrhythmic techniques are used throughout. The work is not traditionally formal in its organization, nor does it utilize traditional harmonic markers to delineate melodic and harmonic sections. However, sonorities do have tonal implications, and the manner in which motives are developed reveals poetic insight.

The work was commissioned by the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 20 September 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Botti, S. (2011). Terra Cruda: Wind Ensemble; 2011 [score]. SUBO Music: Red Hook, N.Y.
  • Nicholson, Chad. "Terra Cruda." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 1061-1069. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Susan Botti website Accessed 6 September 2017