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William Kraft

William Kraft

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General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV (all doubling Piccolo)
Alto Flute
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Piano (doubling Celesta)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drums (5)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals (small)
  • Crotales (5)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Graduated Cymbals (4)
  • Graduated Drums (5)
  • Lead Pipes (5)
  • Leather Pad
  • Marimba
  • Mixed Drums (5)
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: large)
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • Temple Bells (5)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Band for premiere at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, at Kennedy Center, November 5, 1986.

The first movement is a bombastic interplay between the band and the soloists, with a quiet interlude that I think has some rather beautiful moments and becomes more involved as time goes on, returning to the bombastic interplay. It is during this movement that we have the crotales being bowed and spread around the auditorium. I always liked the idea of having the sound swirl around the audience, and for that reason the offstage crotales are doubled by the players on stage. The second movement is for percussion alone, and is written so that they will function without a conductor, although he may assist at moments. While the first movement is written on non-pitched percussion instruments (except for the timpani), the second movement utilizes only pitched instruments. The third movement likewise is written mostly on pitched instruments, but there is the involvement of the five graduated drums.

The first movement, which is the largest, was written during a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and the rest of the work was completed December 31, 1985, at home in Los Angeles. It is a very challenging work; it is always my intention to display the musical potentialities of percussion to the best of my ability, and, since the Air Force Band is a wonderful band, and the soloists are wonderful players, the score is quite demanding.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) - 5 November 1986 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


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