Keveli Music Band Publication



Wind Ensemble


Kevin M. Walczyk

Grade 5   |   Duration: 5'00"
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The term “peloton” refers to the main group (or pack) of cyclists in road bike racing. The composition begins in the middle of the race where the breakaway leader is in front of the peloton. As more cyclists close in on the leader, the music uses imitation and transpositions of motives – derived from the word, peloton – to give the illusion of attacks and counter attacks. The peloton starts to close in and, eventually, catches the breakaway group. But more attacks and counter attacks give way to another breakaway group of riders as the course starts a long, grueling climb. The peloton tries to close the gap but, once again, a clear leader has emerged with the intent to capture the King of the Mountain points. During the ascent, ominous music conjures up der Teufel – the Devil, running alongside the leader in an attempt to psychologically discourage his efforts to reach the top of the hill. As the ascending peloton struggles to climb, the peloton motive, now in a slower, augmented rhythm, is heard simultaneously with the taunting der Teufel music. The summit of the climb is in view and the lead riders attack and counter attack to achieve the crest. The exhausted riders, having left der Teufel behind, try to regain their momentum before the much-anticipated descent begins. The energy of the music picks up as the cyclists rapidly descend in a large serpentine formation towards the finish line. Abrupt successions of transposed whole tone and diminished fragments – derived from the peloton motif, musically narrate the breakneck descent. With the downhill segment of the race behind them, each cycling team commences to set up their respective sprinters for the chase to the finish line. While the sprinters grind and charge their way toward victory, the peloton, not far behind them, crosses the finish line to bring the race to its conclusion. Peloton was commissioned by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble of Tokyo Japan.


Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble, Ray E. Cramer, conductor

Peloton was commissioned by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble of Tokyo Japan. The work was premiered December 11, 2018 in Tokyo and, as part of the ensemble’s American tour, presented at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on December 20, 2018. The work was recorded and will be released on volume 22 of the ensemble’s recording series (Brain Company, Limited / Bravo Recordings). Since its founding in 1953, the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble has adhered to the highest standards of performance while establishing its own unique musical identity. The ensemble promotes new composition both artistically and as a program of study while also recognizing standard wind band works and transcriptions.


Peloton is a grade 5 work. It is suitable for most advanced high school bands, and small college wind ensembles. The work is suitable for college-level wind ensembles.

flutes 1-2
oboes 1-2
English horn
sopranino clarinet
clarinets 1-3
bass clarinet
contra-alto clarinet
bassoons 1-33rd doubles contrabassoon
alto saxophones 1-2
tenor saxophone
baritone saxophone
horns 1-4
trumpets 1-6
trombones 1-44th is bass trombone
euphonium – B.C. & T.C.
timpani4 drums
percussion 13 almglocken and suspended cymbal
percussion 2glockenspiel and vibraphone
percussion 3metal bicycle bell, crash cymbals, and 3 concert toms
percussion 4suspended cymbal and marimba (5-octave)
percussion 5 – tam-tam, bass drum, and chimes
string bass