Keith Allegretti 




for wind ensemble (2016)


Program Note

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "petrichor" is a word invented in 1964 defined as "[a] pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions." Derived from the Greek roots petra, or stone, and ichor, a word referring to the fluid that flows in the veins of the Greek gods, this word describes a sensation that has a reputation for being positive and refreshing, creating a sense of peace and appreciation for nature. Inspired by the word along with its familiar and attractive evocations, Petrichor uses the wide array of instrumental colors available in the wind ensemble to paint a picture of an outdoor scene after a rainstorm.

Level 5

Duration: ca. 10 minutes


2 Flutes
2 Oboes
English Horn
2 Bassoons
3 Bb Clarinets
Bass Clarinet
2 Alto Saxes
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
3 Bb Trumpets
4 F Horns
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
2 Euphoniums
2 Tubas
Double Bass
Timpani (5 drums)
Percussion (4 players; percussion instruments are not shared):
1. 5 Temple Blocks, Bell Tree, Chinese Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Tambourine
2. Triangle, 1 Maraca, Xylophone, Crotales, Suspended Cymbal
3. Tubular Bells, Metal or Glass Windchimes, Vibraphone
4. Marimba, Tam-tam, Crash Cymbals

Performance History

April 4, 2016
Austin, Texas
Reading by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Steven Knight, conductor