Sign Sounds




Edition Peters

Instrumentation Notes


Program Notes

[The revised Peters Edition score of 2007 replaces all previous editions.]

SIGN SOUNDS is an “open form” composition in which the sound-content is written and controlled in “proportional notation.” The final form of each performance of the composed elements will be different according to the musicality and sensibilities of the conductor.

See performance notes for FOLIO (1952-53) and/or AVAILABLE FORMS I + II (1961 and 1962) [or NOVARA (1962)].

More Information

1.0.1.B-cl.1 – – 4Perc. – Pn., Cel., Hrp. –

Commissioned by the State University of New York, Albany, for a performance in Potsdam, New York.

As of March 16, 2016, an errata page can be found here.

Audio Samples

Sign Sounds

Selected Performances

February 24, 2016 • Scottsdale

Arizona Contemporary Ensemble
Conductor: Dan Asia

February 22, 2016 • Tucson

Arizona Contemporary Ensemble
Conductor: Dan Asia

January 19, 2013 • Boston

Callithumpian Consort
Conductor: Stephen Drury

October 10, 2006 • NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

Conductor: Stephen Drury

November 30, 1997 • Miami

Ensemble: New World SymphonyConductor: Earle Brown

November 17, 1990 • Crowder Hall, University of Arizona

Ensemble: The Arizona Contemporary EnsembleConductor: Daniel Asia

August 19, 1980 • Radio France

January 22, 1979 • Radio France, Paris

Conductor: Earle Brown

May 29, 1978 • NY

NYC premiere.
Musical Elements - New Music from the Northeast
The Truck and Warehouse Theatre, 79 East 4th St, Manhattan
Conductor: Dan Asia

April 1, 1978 • Valencia, California

Ensemble: Cal Arts 20th Century PlayersConductor: Earle Brown

September 30, 1972 • Potsdam, New York

Conductor: Earle Brownfirst performance

November 30, 1971 •

Ensemble: Peabody Conservatory EnsembleConductor: Earle Brown

Earle Brown Music Foundation