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Between Glimpses of Blue

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Ted King-Smith

Ted King-Smith

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: Grade IV+(see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ted King-Smith
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Tam-tam
  • Toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes

Click track to be played with the fixed media


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For many years the incredible colors and shapes that the sky and clouds can create have fascinated me. Between Glimpses of Blue is a collage of memories, impressions of the different types of clouds, and moods one might associate with them. For instance, the calm and atmospheric stratus, billowing cumulus, and tremendous and terrifying nimbocumulus.

Three memories of mine also influenced this work considerably: In 2002, flying over the Pacific Ocean at 35,000 feet with the sun chasing our flight, I awoke just before daybreak. Soon after, a two-hour sunrise began with each color of the light spectrum coming into focus and streaming across the sea of clouds below in a rainbow of colors. It was honestly one of the most awe-inspiring experiences I’ve ever witnessed. Second, in 2011 a storm crossed the summer sky over Pullman, Washington, as the sun was setting, creating a fire in a nearby field. Outside the sky was terrifyingly black and red sky to my left, to the right peaceful blue and white, and in the middle was the setting sun. Lastly, while writing this piece in the summer of 2016, my flight into Kansas City at night was detoured around a towering storm. This storm cloud dwarfed our plane considerably, threatening us with ripples of lightning up and down right before our eyes.

Between Glimpses of Blue was commissioned in 2016 by a consortium of 15 university and high school wind ensembles headed by the Danh Pham and the Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note by composer


  • The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (professional division), 2018-19, winner
  • William D. Revelli Compositions Contest, 2018, finalist


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Concert Band (Moses Evans, conductor) - 15 November 2021
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 25 October 2019
  • Washington State University (Danh Pham, conductor) - October 14 2017
  • The Hartt Symphony Band (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Jackson, conductor) – 25 September 2017
  • Seattle (Wash.) Pacific University, Wind Ensemble (Danny Helseth, conductor) - 19 May 2017
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 19 April 2017

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