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Variations on a Kitchen Sink

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Don Gillis

Don Gillis

General Info

Year: 1958 / 1970 / 2017
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00  |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bowls (2)
  • Dish Pan
  • Egg Beater
  • Griddle
  • Maraca
  • Pans (2)
  • Pie Tin
  • Skillet
  • Snare Drum
  • Washtub
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This novelty work features percussion section as musical chefs, cooking up a deliciously humorous recipe as they play actual kitchen utensils, and watch the smiles grow. Pull out all the stops such as conducting with a wooden spoon on this audience favorite that has delighted listeners for two generations.

- Program Note from publisher

Most of Gillis's music for band, orchestra and choir is of a serious nature. This piece is for fun; it is nevertheless very well written with interesting melodies, modulations and rhythms throughout. Using a variety of unusual "kitchen" instruments (pots, pans, washtub, etc.) along with the more traditional snare drum, maracas and woodblocks, this piece gives the percussions section an opportunity finally enjoy working with a "kitchen sink."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Gillis, D. (1958). Variations on a Kitchen Sink, from Band Concert : Piece For Percussion, Kitchen Utensils and Band [score]. Interlochen Press: Interlochen, Mich.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 230.