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Ben Wahlund  |  Composer, Educator  |  bwahlund@hotmail.com
3270 Salem Court  |  Aurora, Illinois 60504
630.236.7243 studio  |  630.464.0576 cell

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed observing patterns and relationships in my environment and this has always given way to a mystic sense of causality behind them. When I compose music, it is in that spirit that I try to contribute to the sounds of the world with music meant to evoke just as natural an experience as anything else found in our surroundings.

As in life, sometimes these patterns and relationships bring about very challenging music for performers and audience members – sometimes simple and quite accessible – but either way; always honest, earnest, and full of reverence for the opportunity to share these experiences together.

Regarding commissions, I do enjoy a fairly unique relationship with everyone for whom I compose. It means a lot to me that musicians can perform something with my name on it that they believe in. It is for that reason that I spend a lot of time on every commission musing on similarities and differences in our lives and try to reflect them in one way or another in their given piece(s). I can be contacted personally to visit about the commission process and provide a number of references.

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MARIMBA
 
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Mocha marimba solo
 
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Orlando's Shoes marimba solo
 
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To Endless, White Summers marimba solo
 
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Three Folk Songs marimba solo N/A N/A N/A N/A
1) Jump Down N/A N/A N/A N/A
2) Shanendoah N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3) Tis a Gift to be Simple
 
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With Sunshine in His Face marimba solo
 
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Hard-Boiled Capitalism and the Day Mr. Friedman Realized Google is a Verb vibraphone solo
 
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The Benson Dances snare drum solo
 
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MULTIPLE PERCUSSION N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Murakami's Empty Chair multiple percussion solo
 
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Rip: 1800 and Counting multiple percussion solo
 
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Spoken Word multiple percussion solo
 
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The Premonition of Daelalus and His Parting Words for Icarus steel pan solo (tenor)
 
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Championship Vinyl steel pan solo in three movements (double seconds) N/A N/A N/A N/A
1) Boba Fett Speaks N/A N/A N/A N/A
2) Minimini Mou - Now N/A N/A N/A N/A
Interlude - Let's Eat a Pancake N/A N/A N/A N/A
3) Bon Jovi's Oval Office
 
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Forgery for solo triangle – commissioned by Mark Berry and Living Sound Triangles – Spring, 2013
 
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The Elephant Looks Back for solo cymbal and spoken word – Fall, 2014
 
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Four Marimba Solos for the Developing Marimbist Mocha, Flight, September, Dr. Banner's Rope
 
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Tassa for solo drumset – Spring, 2011
 
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The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics snare drum and recording
 
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Crystal Butterfly solo marimba and recording
 
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An Animated Discription of Mr. Maps cajon and recording (to be performed with the original recording by The Books)
 
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Grotesque: a Study of Francis Bacon for tenor steel pan and piano – commissioned by the Trinidad/BP Music Literacy Trust on behalf of Liam Teague – premiered in Trinidad Spring, 2013
 
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Pegasus solo snare drum and percussion trio
 
 
 
 
 
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The Innkeeper's Daughter solo marimba and steel pan ensemble
 
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True North steel drum concertino with piano and percussion trio
 
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Only When Eternity Nears tenor steel drum concerto with orchestra
 
 
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Bring the Rain carillon and multiple percussion
 
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Dooet Number Too two snare drums
 
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Four Sketches for Sam steelpan (tenor/seconds) and marimba N/A N/A N/A
1) Little, Yellow Flowers N/A N/A N/A
2) A Good Day N/A N/A N/A
3) Silhouette N/A N/A N/A
4) Dreamfields
 
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In the History of Man marimba and drumset
 
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The New Objectivist percussion quartet
 
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Passage percussion quintet with solo oboe or clarinet
 
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Joyride many percussionists on car or van
 
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A Day in the Life of Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov Suite large percussion ensemble (11) N/A N/A N/A N/A
1) Fyodor N/A N/A N/A
2) Dmitry N/A N/A N/A
3) Ballet of Indecision N/A N/A N/A
4) Ivan N/A N/A N/A
5) Smerdanakov N/A N/A N/A
6) Schoolboys N/A N/A N/A
7) The Elder Zosima and the Smell of Decay N/A N/A N/A
8) Alyosha (Karamazov Epilogue)
 
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Spanish Point large percussion ensemble with steel pans (12-14)
 
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Forward, Together, Forward: Fanfare for Percussion Orchestra large percussion ensemble (13)
 
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Lift the Wings from Riverdance (6 percussionists w/ solo voice and opt. flute)
 
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Luki by John McLaughlin (12 percussionists w/ rhythm section)
 
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Through the Fire and Flames by Dragonforce (12 percussionists w/ rhythm section)
 
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Texas Twister by Little Feat (11 percussionists w/ rhythm section)
 
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Ave Maria by Franz Bibel, for six performers on three marimbas (optional 7-8 on fourth marimba)
 
 
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Every Little Thing She Does is Magic as performed by The Police
 
 
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Baba O'Reiley as performed by The Who
 
 
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Mombasa, from Inception by Hans Zimmer
 
 
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Paladio for Harp and Steel Pan Ensemble – by Karl Jenkins
 
 
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Pompeii as performed by Bastille
 
 
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Pipe Dream from Animusic by Wayne Lytle
 
 
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Royals as performed by Lorde
 
 
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Some Nights as performed by Fun
 
 
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Sweet Home Alabama for marimba duo – as performed by Lynrd Skynrd
 
 
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The Godfather Theme for basic marimba solo
 
 
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Music from Slumdog Millionare
 
 
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Marimba Sextet for six performers on three 4 1/3 octave marimbas (Spring, 2014)
 

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Red Wagon Drumset Quartet for drumset quartet (Spring, 2011)
 

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Thanks, Bill for cell phones and percussion ensemble
 

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Sextet – for Six Cajons Fall, 2011
 

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Doubting Thomas mixed percussion trio
 

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Credo for large percussion ensemble (Spring, 2015)
 

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Silver Bells for marimba, tenor pan, and double tenor pan
 
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Joy to the World for full percussion ensemble
 
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The Chipmunk Song for marimba quartet on two marimbas
 
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The Twelve Days of Christmas quartet for marimba duo and two sound effects performers
 
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Carol of the Bells for marimba quartet
 
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Merry, Indecisive Carolers for marimba quartet
 
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The Nutcracker Suite for marimba quartet
 
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The First Noel for marimba trio, drums, and hand bell choir
 
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Hanerot Halalu for keyboard quartet
 
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Three Short Pieces for the Very Young Steel Band – Bungee Baby, Amy in a White Dress, I Plead the Fifth
 

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Widowmaker
 
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The Dancing Colors of Nighttime Firesky
 
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Crimson
 
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The Candyman's Lament chorale arrangement of The Candyman, from the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
 


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Crazy in Love as performed by Beyoncé
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Triplets (arrangement for orchestra) by G.H. Green commissioned by Liam Teague and premiered by the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra – Spring, 2012
 
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Titanium Dive Knife for flute ensemble (on piano) with the North Central College Flute Choir – Spring, 2009
 
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Goya – The Sleep of Reason for the 2013 NCHS Symphonic Band
 
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Ode piano and soprano voice
 
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A Slow Unraveling of When the World was Ours and We Knew the Answers trombone quartet
 
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Study #1 tenor saxophone solo
 
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The Clock on Dr. Smith's Wall trio for piano, drumset and cello
 
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Two Rivers suite for wind ensemble
 
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The Symphony and Steel Composition Contest - Grand Prize, hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago National Symphony Orchestra, Methanex, The University of the West Indies, and The Music Literacy Trust For Only When Eternity Nears, Fall of 2008
 
 
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The Quey Percussion Duo Annual International Composition Contest - 1st Place For the percussion duet, In the History of Man - Fall of 2005
 
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The Keystone International Percussion Composition Contest - 2nd Place For the snare drum solo, The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics - Spring of 2007
 
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The Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest - 2nd Place For the marimba solo, Crystal Butterfly - Summer of 2003
 
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The Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest - 3rd Place For the marimba and steelpan duet, Four Sketches for Sam - Summer of 2006
 
 
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