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Gernot Wolfgang

Gernot Wolfgang

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General Info

Year: 2000 / 2012
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Doblinger
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Uncle Bebop – 4:00
2. Rays of Light – 3:40
3. Latin Dance – 3:10


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
String Bass

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Austrian-born composer Gernot Wolfgang employed similar techniques more than a decade after Wilson’s psychological foray in a duo for viola and bassoon. The wind ensemble version of Three Short Stories grew from that idiosyncratic beginning. The notes in the score elaborate.

Three Short Stories combines musical elements from the world of jazz and Latin American music with compositional techniques found in classical and 20th century concert music. The arrangement for wind ensemble explores the fusion of traditional writing for wind ensemble with big band gestures and chamber music techniques.

The first movement, Uncle Bebop, is an up-tempo romp that switches back and forth between jazzy, slightly swinging elements and rock-oriented passages. The movement settles down briefly in a short quiet section before picking up speed again before returning to the opening material for an energetic finish.

Rays of Light is lyrical in character, and presents many of the ensemble’s instruments in soloistic, often unaccompanied, settings. A few interspersed ensemble passages, their instrumentations growing in size as the movement progresses, pave the way for a final, regal tutti ending.

The title of the third movement, Latin Dance, already gives away its character. This is a fast, lively piece of music, exploring rhythms found in Latin American music while using a slightly dissonant melodic and harmonic language.

Various versions of Three Short Stories have been described by critics as “... a marvelous neoclassical procession as adventurous as a Miro painting” and, "... although there are many nods to jazz, folk and Latin music, the influences come across as partners to Gernot Wolfgang’s creative individuality -- the repertoire embraces everything from puckish humor and jubilance to haunting modernism and lyrical radiance. Wolfgang is especially inventive in frisky and poetic material ..."

- Program Note from the University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble concert program, 28 February 2016

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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