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Torn Canvases

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Matthew Tommasini

Matthew Tommasini

Subtitle: For Chamber Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Matalex Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $310.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $55.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Torn Canvases is inspired by the abstract expressionist painting style of Jackson Pollock. The piece imagines a video camera panning across a large canvas made up of layers of fragmented paint drippings and splotches. The ensemble is divided into three groups on stage, each representing musical "layers" of chiming chords and fragmented jazz riffs, which are piled on one another, creating rhythmically charged collages of sound. The climax of the work comes when the entire ensemble plays together, evoking the sound of a giant bell, transforming into the sound of a driving jazz ensemble.

- Program Note from University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble concert program, 6 December 2017

Commissioned by the Big East Band Directors Association.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Colorado-Boulder Chamber Ensemble (Zach Cheever, conductor)- 24 April 2021
  • The Hartt School (Hartford, Conn.) Wind Ensemble (Glen Adsit, conductor) - 19 March 2021
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Douglas Henderson, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (JoAnn Wieszczyk, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 6 December 2017
  • University of Colorado (Boulder) Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 4 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer