Yellow Red Blue

From Wind Repertory Project
Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley

Subtitle: For 19 Musicians

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 15:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Paul Dooley Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


1. quarter note = 168 - 4:45
2. whole note = 72 - 5:10


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat or C Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Yellow Red Blue (2021) was commissioned to honor Dr. Joseph Missal's retirement and 35 years of service and dedication to the Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University. The commission consortium, organized by Dr. Douglas Henderson, includes many of Dr. Missal's colleagues and graduate students.

- Program Note from publisher

Dooley writes of Yellow Red Blue that the piece…

… honors Dr. Joseph Missal’s storied career in the wind band world, and his retirement and 35 years of service and dedication to the Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University. In two contrasting movements, Yellow Red Blue explores Dr. Missal’s love of chamber music, melody, counterpoint, color and structure, taking inspiration from his favorite visual artist, Gerhard Richter.

In the first movement I pay tribute to Dr. Missal’s mentorship of thousands of young musicians throughout his career. The soprano saxophone opens the first movement with a haunting waltz-like melody, accompanied by pulsating clarinet and vibraphone chords. I transform the theme through a series of playful and contrapuntal variations in both chamber and tutti configurations in the woodwinds, brass and percussion.

In the second movement I have composed music inspired by Dr. Missal’s command on the podium, his musical intensity, and the sonic energy cultivated with his wind band at Oklahoma State University. In a series of rapidly shifting sonic color fields, in the form of chordal fragments and variations, I blend rich jazz harmonies with Baroque and Renaissance era musical styles.

- Program Note compiled and edited by Caroline Hand


  • National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Contest, 2021, finalist


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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