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John Heins

Instrumental Music : Large Ensemble


The BALLADE, orchestrated in the romantic tradition, is a programmatic work cast in modified sonata form, inspired by the piano music of Chopin and Brahms, and conveys a 20th Century homage to their romantic spirit. After a short introduction, the main theme is introduced by a pair of clarinets. This idea occurs throughout the piece in various guises, encircled by contrasting sections that are derived from fragments of the main theme.
Symphony Orchestra Parts: Woodwinds: 2222 plus Bass Clarinet, Brasses: 3331, Glock., Tubular Bells, Perc., Strings 44332


Full Score, Set of Parts$145.00
Full Score$45.00
PDF Version$75.00

Second Essay

Written for full symphonic band, this composition is the musical equivalent of its literary namesake as it puts the two main themes through exhaustive discussion and development leading up to the final grand and dark restatement of the main idea.
Symphonic Band

Second Essay

Full Score / Set of Parts$105.00
Full Score$35.00
PDF Version$55.00

Instrumental Music : Small Ensemble

String Quartet No. 1

Each of the three movements of this work abounds with lyricism and contrast leading up to the fourth movement’s terse and exciting retelling of thematic material from the first.
String Quartet for 2 Violins, Viola, and Cello in 4 movements

String Quartet No. 1

Full Score/ Parts$85.00
Full Score$40.00
PDF Version$45.00

String Quartet No. 2

Commissioned to portray the emotionally turbulent life of a special woman, this three movement work utilizes programmatic devices to inspire a gamut of emotions ranging from tragedy, as highlighted in the second movement, to joy and exhilaration.

String Quartet No. 2

Full Score and String Parts$60.00
Full Score$35.00
PDF Version$35.00

Waltz Fantasy - Piano for Four Hands

An exciting programmatic composition, WALTZ FANTASY reveals John Heins’s gift of imagery and imagination as the listener is taken on a stimulating  journey built upon an increasing intensity of development and tempo leading to the final presto of the coda.
Music for Piano, Four Hands

Waltz Fantasy - Piano for Four Hands

Piano Score$35.00
PDF Version$20.00

John Heins (b.1956)

John Heins' neo-romantic compositions have garnered considerable praise over the past three decades. His compositional output includes works for symphonic band and orchestra as well as numerous solo piano works, chamber music works, and concertos.

His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In Canada his Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon was featured at the International Double-Reed Convention. The Sinfonisches Blasorchester Bern, on their European tour, featured his Overture for Band, a work that was also performed and recorded by the Aulos Blasorchester in Switzerland.

His many commissions include Concerto for Alto Saxaphone and Wind Ensemble premiered in Washington, D.C.; Second Essay, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony in Boston; and The House of Alba, Ballet Neuveau Colorado. Ballade for Orchestra has been recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic and released on a CD of new American music, "Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 5."

Heins received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Montana and a Master of Music degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Colorado. He studied composition with Donald O. Johnston and Cecil Effinger.

Heins has taught at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He served as composer, arranger, pianist, and clarinetist in the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Northwest. In 2001-2002 he was the MTNA Commissioned Composer for the State of Colorado. Many of his works have been recorded on CDs. His current publishers are Southern Music, KJOS Music, and Ars Nova Music Incorporated.

Many of the Composers published by Ars Nova Press® have numerous publications available from other publishing houses. Although these works are not available from Ars Nova Press®, we have compiled a list of these publications in an effort to promote our composers and their works.

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Other works available
OvertureConcert BandNeil A Kjos Music Co.
Rhapsody for Piano and String QuartetInstrumental music for small ensembleEdition Peters
SonataClarinet and PercussionSouthern Music Co/Hal Leonard
Treasure State Festival OvertureConcert BandNeil A Kjos Music Co.