Beyond the Clouds and Into the Heavens!

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beyond the Clouds and Into the Heavens by Richard L. Saucedo begins in meter (J = 58) marked “Maestoso,” but progressively gets faster as the work unfolds leading to a celebrative finale. The opening fanfare-like material provides an element of unity, as it appears throughout the work. The otherwise standard instrumentation calls for soprano saxophone, string bass, and piano, while the percussion scoring requires a minimum of seven players, including timpani and two mallet specialists to cover bells, xylophone, vibes, chimes, and marimba. The colorful wind scoring provides brief solo opportunities for flute, oboe, clarinet, soprano sax, and horn. This exciting new selection would work well as a vibrant concert opener and is especially well-suited for high school learners.

- Program Note The Instrumentalist, Jan. 2014, p. 30.

Richard takes the listener and performer on an extended journey through various mood styles in this impressive work for mature ensembles. The stately opening strains gather momentum and intensity, leading to a fast-paced section that features intertwining solo and small group fragments passed throughout the texture. An overall soaring theme adds a tone of triumph and grandeur throughout, and the final push to the end is both exhilarating and rhythmically dynamic.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Band (Brian Britt, conductor) - 5 March 2023
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Concert Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 29 February 2016
  • Fresno (Calif.) City College Wind Ensemble (Dale Engstrom, conductor) - 21 March 2015 (2015 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)

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