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Adrian Hallam

Adrian Hallam

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Thorp Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Not found


Full Score
Oboe (optional)
Bb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone (optional)
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet
Horn in F (optional)
Trombone/Baritone/Bassoon/Bass Guitar
Euphonium Treble Clef
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Set
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom

Keyboard Percussion (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This explosive new programmatic piece portrays the last moments of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

-Program Note by publisher

Australian composer Adrian Hallam has redefined beginner band music with his highly innovative and energetic approach. His works Stadium Rock, Haunted and Kung Fu have become favourites amongst Australian beginner bands. His compositions have been shortlisted in the American Band Association’s Young Band Composition Competition and the UK Songwriting Contest. His 2014 work Volcano is programmatic, and portrays the last moments in Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It opens with an ominous rumble and a tribute to Vulcan, God of Fire. Down below, the people of Pompeii go about their daily lives. The intensity builds until Mount Vesuvius explodes and the lava starts to flow. Finally, the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) reflects on this monumental tragedy before a final after-shock completely destroys Pompeii.

- Program Note by Suzanne Sherrington and Brendan Champion for the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Haunted (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Thorp) (2005)
  • Stadium Rock (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Thorp) (2005)

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.