Witches' Cauldron

From Wind Repertory Project
Eduard de Boer

Eduard de Boer (as Alexander Comitas)

This work also appears under its Dutch title, De Heksenketel. It bears the designation Opus 38, no. 2a.

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2003
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Opus 33 Music through HaFaBra Music
Cost: Score and Parts - €236.00   |   Score Only - €48.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Förderverein des Symphonischen Blasorchesters der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg. Dedicated to Sef Pijpers sr.

- Program Note by composer

This work is inspired by the three witches that appear in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In the fourth act of Scene I, the witches are busying themselves brewing a magic potion in a cauldron. While doing so, they sing the famous song whose repeating refrain is ‘Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.' Each witch has a verse preceding that refrain, and this song determines the structure of the whole composition.

After an introduction that serves to evoke the atmosphere of eeriness and portray the evil and violent characters of the three witches, the actual brewing of the potion begins. From there on the music follows the structure of the song, with its alternation of stanzas and refrains. The last and lengthiest stanza has been transformed into music with a development character. The piece gets wilder and wilder as the liquid in the cauldron starts to bubble and steam ever more. It ends with a somber climax as the horrific potion is at last ready.

- Program Note by Jeff Girard, Midwest Sheet Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Adam Wilke, conductor) – 13 July 2015 (WASBE, San Jose, Calif.)

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