The combination of instruments is determined by the the performers. The following are suggestions for possible part allocations: 1 & 4 - alto saxophone, tenor horn, french horn, trombone 2 & 5 - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon, euphonium, trombone 3 & 6 - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon, bass trombone, tuba
Instruments 1-3 may be slightly separated from instruments 4-6
In the final bar, each player repeats their note several times. Each taking a breath after each note, and making no attempt to coordinate with other players, but ensuring there is an overall gradual diminuendo.
Optional: other instruments play a drone on G throughout. If there are no instruments playing a drone, then Part 6 plays a G for two bars at the beginning.
Also optional: a roll on a suspended cymbal throughout, with a crescendo in the bar before each rehearsal letter, and a diminuendo in the following bar.
Programme note: This piece has taken a short extract from a 19th Century piece and obscured the identity of it by elongating it and compressing the pitch range.