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Blow It Up, Start Again​

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A wind ensemble transcription of the 2011 work for orchestra.

If the system isn’t working anymore, then do what Guy Fawkes tried and go anarchist: Blow it all up, and start again.

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Genres:   Winds

Subgenres:   Large Ensemble


Picc, 3Fl, 2Ob, EbCl, 3Cl, BCl, 2Bsn, CBsn(optCbCl), SSax, ASax, TSax, BSax, 4Tpt, 4Hn, 3Trb, BTrb, Euph, Tba, Cb, Harp(opt), Pno, Timp, 5Perc

Commissioned by

Columbus State University – Jamie L. Nix, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities
Florida Atlantic University – Kyle Prescott, Director of Bands
Florida State University – Richard Clary, Senior Band Conductor
Georgia State University – Robert J. Ambrose, Director of Wind Studies
North Central High School, Indianapolis, IN – Rick Granlund, Director of Bands
Pacific Lutheran University – Edwin Powell, Director of Bands
Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Jacob Wallace, Director of Bands
Texas Tech University – Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands
University of Alberta – Angela Schroeder, Director of Bands
University of Minnesota – Jerry Luckhardt, Associate Director of Bands

Consortium organized by: Robert J. Ambrose

View Errata Info

(to the 8/13 1st edition – score & parts)

  • Bar 88, piccolo, last five 16ths should be C D♭ D-nat E♭ F

(to the 10/12 uncorrected co-commissioner’s edition – score & parts)

  • Bass Drum muted with towel.
  • m.6-8 – Bari Sax, starting on beat 3 of m. 6, doubles the other bass instruments.
  • m.17, Drumset – beat 3 quarter note hit, beat 4 quarter rest, beat 5 quarter rest & Splash Cym quarter.
  • m.34, Horn solo is now doubled with a Trombone 1 solo.
  • m.35, Clarinet 1 is missing its quarter rest on beat 4.
  • m.61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 81, and 85, Contrabassoon (and optional contra-alto or contrabass clarinets) play staccato eighths (with Bassoons) instead of quarters.
  • Reh. F, woodwinds, “like an organ”
  • m.70, Horns, “bells up” and ff. Remain ff until cresc. in m.101.
  • m.79 beat 3, Horns, “ord.”
  • Reh. G, E-flat Clarinet, Alto Sax, slur beat 3 to match Sopr. Sax.
  • m.83-84, Flute 3 8va (unison with Flute 2)
  • Horns, Bassoons, and Bass Clarinet – m.32 beat 3, 2nd quarter note triplet: 2nd eighth (tied to triplet quarter) should have no staccato. The staccato on the quarter triplet it is tied to remains, to indicate a short release.

Recent Performances

  • May 4, 2024 - MetWinds at Scottish Rite Museum, Lexington, MA. Conducted by Richard Wyman.
  • February 14, 2024 - University of Georgia Wind Symphony at UGA Performing Arts Center. Conducted by Jack Eaddy.
  • January 27, 2024 - 2024 MSBOA All-State High School Band at DeVoss Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI. Conducted by Dr. Kenneth Thompson.