Locus Iste

This is a sample from my upcoming book from the chapter on choral transcriptions.  I have arranged Bruckner’s Locus Iste for a standard concert band.  Full description is in the upcoming book, but for now, have a look at the score.

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Episode 3 – All About that Bass… Saxophone

After a couple of weeks off, Matt and I discuss the Bass Saxophone.

Show Notes

From Bandestration

Eppelsheim Bass Saxophone

Selmer Bass Saxophone

Keilwerth Bass Saxophone

Wessex Bass Saxophone

Omni Exeunt in Mysterium

In late 2015, I was watching an interview with the magician Teller of Penn & Teller.  Despite being the silent half of the duo, he’s surprisingly eloquent, having been a teacher Latin and Greek teacher before becoming a magician.  In this interview, he talked about a Latin phrase that is key to his understanding of the art of magic: Omnia exeunt in mysterium – all things fade into mystery.  This idea stuck me as being beautifully musical.

The philosophy is one that is pertinent to a Medieval way of life.  Their view is that everything in the world is devolving from an initial state of perfection into one of chaos.  This is also the world view of the author J.R.R. Tolkien who expressed it beautifully in his Silmarillion.

While I don’t personally ascribe to the concept, the range of possibilities grabbed hold of me, and I began to write.

It had been several years since I had completed a full piece.  I had taken some different avenues in my life that led me away from being a composer.  However, starting to work on the bandestration site began to focus me.  This is the first fully mature work I’ve composed, and the first to be written after undertaking the massive project of creating a full orchestration and instrumentation text.  It is a product of what I am calling my neo-impressionist style.Omni exeunt in mysterium

Omnia is scored for:

  • 4 C Flutes
  • 2 Oboes
  • Alto Oboe
  • 4 B-flat Clarinets
  • F Alto Clarinet (alt. E-flat Alto Clarinet)
  • 2 Bass Clarinets
  • Contrabass Clarinet
  • 2 Alto Saxophones
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • 2 Bassoons
  • Contrabassoon
  • 4 F Horns
  • 2 C Trumpets
  • 3 Tenor Trombones
  • Bass Trombone
  • 2 Flügelhorns
  • Tenor Tuba
  • Contrabass Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Glockenspiel/Xylophone
  • Percussion
    • Triangle, Small Tam-Tam, Large Tam-Tam, Bass Drum, Cymbals

Course on Band Orchestration – Update

As I get closer to completion on the text, I will be taking various chapters off line.  I’ve already begun to do this.  This is in preparation for the upcoming book version that I hope to have finished by the end of the year.  If you want to help support the project, go to and consider donating.  Every donation gets me a step closer to making volume 1 of the textbook a reality.


Help me finish the Course on Band Orchestration!

I really want to be able to finish the Course on Band Orchestration.  It’s a much bigger project than I’ve shown on the website so far.  If you’re interested in helping, please consider donating to my GoFundMe page.  The final result will be a book you can hold in your hands!  I take that back, the final result will be three books you can hold in your hands.