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cindy mctee

from Soundings for wind symphony

2.5 minutes

Commissioned in 1995 by the Big Eight Band Directors Association.


3 Flutes (1 dbl. Picc.)
2 Oboes
2 Bassoons
Clarinet in Eb
3 Clarinets in Bb
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
--- (optional)

Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

3 Trumpets in Bb
4 Horns
2 Tenor Trombones
Bass Trombone

--- (dbl. Cym. &
opt. 4 Tonal Bass Drums)

Percussion 1
Suspended Cymbal (Med.)

Percussion 2
Suspended Cymbal (Lg.)

Percussion 3

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program notes

Soundings is a four-movement work for wind symphony of approximately fifteen minutes' duration. It was commissioned in 1995 by the Big Eight Band Directors Association whose affiliates included:

Iowa State University – Joseph Christensen
Kansas State University – Frank Tracz
Oklahoma State University – Joseph Missal
University of Colorado – Allan McMurray
University of Kansas – Robert E. Foster
University of Missouri – Dale Lonis
University of Nebraska – John H. Kloecker
University of Oklahoma – William K. Wakefield

The work's first movement, "Fanfare" employs familiar musical materials such as quartal harmony and imitative counterpoint, but departs from traditional fanfares in its use of woodwind as well as brass instruments.


Cindy McTee's Soundings [is] a brassy, high-tech musical clock, with strikingly ingenious wind writing. A waltz-like opening fanfare leads into the jagged brass fragments and mechanical whirring of "Gizmo," followed by "Waves," which offers soothing brass and wind swells over percussion tremolos. McTee's entertaining work concludes with an out-of-control, infernal machine-like "Transmission," a jazzy and audacious finale. McTee's Soundings is a delightful work, an irresistible blend of imaginative wind writing with a genuine and wry sense of humor, rare in contemporary music.

Lawrence A. Johnson
Fanfare Magazine