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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2002
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |  Score Only - $7.95


Full Score
Solo Piano
Flute I-II-III (I doubling piccolo)
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
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Celeste
  • Cymbals (small and large suspended)
  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Guiro
  • Lion's Roar
  • Marimba
  • Timpani (3)
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock (small)
  • Xylophone


(As provided by

  • Flute I-II-III, m.15: Flutes play on beat 2
  • Flute I, m.124: tutti fl.
  • Flute I, m.143: tutti fl.
  • Oboe, m.26: a2
  • Oboe, m.39: a2
  • Oboe, m.117: a2
  • Bassoon, m.25: A nat.
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, m.7: F#
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, m.25: A nat.
  • All Brass, m.123: Staccato on beat 3
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.27: 8th rest after notes
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.59: 8th rest after notes
  • B-flat Trumpet II-III, m.79: a2
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.121: 8th rest at end of meas.
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.205: 8th rest after notes
  • Horn in F II, m.85: Courtesy natural in front of E
  • Horn in F II, m.122: Courtesy natural
  • Horn in F III-IV, m.217: Quarter rest at end
  • Horn in F I-IV, m.225: Courtesy natural
  • Euphonium, m.120: a2
  • Tuba, m.120: a2
  • Tuba II, m.246: A is flatted
  • Percussion V, m.109: med mall, not cym.
  • Percussion IV, m.236: 8th rest at end
  • Percussion I & V, m.272: Half note

Published E-flat Baritone Saxophone part may misidentified as Tenor Saxophone. See Dana Wilson website.

Program Notes

A vortex is a whirling mass, such as a tornado or whirlpool, which is created when a source of momentum causes a thick layer of unstable stratification to move with ever stronger tangential velocity as the medium (air or water) converges into a smaller radius. The vortex gradually gains power and momentum while, ironically, forming a vacuum at its center. It is this image of opposites – one influenced by the other – that was the genesis of this piece. The piece alternates between moments of extreme stasis and whirling energy. While the work is not a concerto, the piano often serves as the source of momentum, with the ensemble – static at first – gradually pulled into the vortex.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer

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