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Ancient Forest, The

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John O'Reilly

John O'Reilly

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score - $7.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Sand Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Toms (low, md, high)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Ancient Forest was inspired by the strands of old growth forest still existing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Some of this region's magnificent trees are estimated to be over 400 years old.

The composition begins in a slow, mysterious fashion, depicting the dark forest and the soft pine-needled paths winding through them. An abrupt, dissonant introduction ushers in the second main section, which is filled with angular melodies and biting harmonies that represent the forest's struggle for survival against the natural elements and continued intrusion of man. The concluding allegro vivace represents the ever-present birds and scampering animals that always have, and always will, call this ancient forest their rightful home.

The Ancient Forest was commissioned by the Texas Private School Music Educators Association for the 2002 TPSMEA All-State Band.

- Program Note by John O'Reilly

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • O'Reilly, J. [2002]. The Ancient Forest [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.