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Kaleidoscope Suite

The Renaissance City Winds were honored to be part of a consortium that won Meet The Composer’s Pittsburgh New Residency grant in 2001. The New Residency program placed composers in communities for three-year periods with the goal of making contemporary music part of daily life. The Pittsburgh New Residency, primarily funded by the Heinz Endowments, placed two composers, Efraín Amaya and myself, in residence with four organizations: Renaissance City Winds, Gateway to the Arts, Shaler Area School District, and WQED-FM 89.3.

Many of our compositions were designed to meet the needs of at least two or three of the partners. Kaleidoscope was written to meet a need of WQED-FM for short pieces which could “fill out” a broadcast hour when a short amount of time remained before the required station identification and news broadcast “on the hour.” Mr. Amaya also wrote this work with the intent of appealing to young audiences, and the first movement was used on many young people’s concerts in Shaler Area School District.

Amaya is a Venezuelan-born composer and conductor who is now a citizen of the United States. He serves on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, teaching conducting, theory, and composition. He is the Music Director of Greensburg American Opera, and Music Director and Conductor of The Point Chamber Orchestra.

R. James Whipple

Instrumentation: Woodwind Quintet.

Duration: ca. 8:30


  • Kaleidoscope Suite - 2003 (woodwind quintet)    8:30 (eight movements)

    Full score & parts (5) $35.00
  • Score and/or set of parts


  • Kaleidoscope Suite - 2003 (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, French horn & bass clarinet)     8:30 (eight movements)...........Full score & parts (5) $35.00 
  • Score and/or set of parts



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