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Transformed Spring

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bandworks Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The human soul is on a path of constant renewal and regeneration which is reflected in Transformed Spring's lyric and dramatic metamorphosis from E minor to E major. There are many personal elements of my own life in this piece, most especially my walks in solitude on the beach at night as a younger man. These meditative and reflective times live in my memory today and I recall them frequently. The trombone portamenti, which become more and more prominent as the piece evolves, are a sort of sigh from the past which inevitably leads us over the horizon to our future.

I admit that it’s extremely difficult for me to put into words what this piece means to me but I am hopeful that the music will communicate what I really mean. It is a highly personal piece which is meant to be taken personally by everyone who hears it.

Transformed Spring was commissioned by the Montclair State University Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Thomas McCauley, for its 2009-2010 concert season. This piece is essentially an expression of the endurance of the human spirit through adversity and personal trial. It was inspired by my research into a memorial commission which I based on a line from The Prayer of Saint Benedict, "Always we begin again."

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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  • UCLA Symphonic Band (Janet Kim, conductor) - 12 March 2019
  • All-New England Band Festival Honor Band (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 19 November 2012
  • Maryland All-State Senior Band (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 21 February 2012
  • Maryland All-State Band (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 24 February 2012
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Matthew Paterno, conductor) - 21 May 2011
  • Ridgewood Concert Band (C. Christian Wilhjelm, conductor) - 25 March 2011
  • Montclair State University Wind Symphony (Thomas McCauley, conductor) - 23 April 2010

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