Fission

Ensemble: Wind Ensemble or Concert Band

Piccolo
2 Flutes

Oboe
English Horn
2 Bassoons

3 Bb Clarinets
Bass Clarinet

Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

3 Bb Trumpets
4 Horns in F
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba

Timpani
Percussion 1: Triangle, Supended Cymbal, Tam-Tam, Cuica
Percussion 2: Hi-Hat, Cowbell, Maracas, Sandpaper Blocks, Claves
Vibraphone
Marimba
Piano

Duration: 9:00 minutes

Program Notes:

Fission for Grade 5 Concert Band explores the fused timbre of a low tuba Bb. The complex acoustic structure of this note is first heard passing through the entire ensemble. Over the following seven minutes, this fused sound is gradually pulled apart, revealing its components. Each family of instruments is highlighted during the fission process, and every member of the band has a solo, before the Bb fuses again at the end.

Premiere: November 20, 2013
Frost Symphonic Winds
Thomas Keck, conducting
Frost School of Music
University of MIami
Gusman Concert Hall
Miami, FL
Fission was written in 2013 for the Frost Symphonic Winds and conductor Thomas Keck.