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This primordial, threatening noise...

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Andrew Ardizzoia

Andrew Ardizzoia

Subtitle: For Orchestral Winds and Brass

The title of this work is properly written in quotation marks, followed by ellipses: "This primordial, threatening noise...".

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestral winds and brass
Publisher: American Composers Edition
Cost: Score Only - $29.95


  • Flute I-II-III
  • Oboe I-II
  • English horn
  • Clarinet in Bb I-II-III
  • Bassoon I-II
  • Contrabassoon (dbl. bsn. III)
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trumpet in Bb I-II-III
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Tuba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

“This primordial, threatening noise…” was commissioned by Jason Caslor in spring 2009 for a program that also included Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Giya Kancheli’s Magnum Ignotum. Like those two pieces, my work also takes a sacred musical tradition then obscures and abstracts via the compositional process. In this case the hymn tune Nearer, my God, to Thee is chopped up, reordered, reharmonized, and otherwise subverted until it is barely discernible.

One full statement of the melody is heard shortly after the beginning of the work, where it is pitted against Amazing Grace in a different key. A fanfare heralds the central portion of the work: fast, often nervous rhythmic material in mixed meter that climaxes with searing brass chords. The piece ends with more fragments of the melody and chords similar to those heard at the beginning of the work.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Media Links

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Victoria (Mike Keddy, conductor) - 2010
  • Arizona State University (Jason Caslor, conductor) - 2009

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Andrew Ardizzoia website
  • Ardizzoia, A. (2019). This primordial, threatening noise... : for orchestral winds and brass [score]. American Composers Alliance: New York.