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Beyond the Crest

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Sean O'Loughlin

Sean O'Loughlin

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Oboe (optional Flute II)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

O'Loughlin states: "The piece is through-composed and really functions like a theme and variations at times."

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12

This interesting work was commissioned in honor of the retirement of two directors of bands. Intended to capture the excitement and achievement that defined their illustrious careers, the piece begins with a soft, dignified woodwinds-only section that introduces a reverent melody in the trumpets before building to an intense chord. The mood suddenly becomes spirited during a faster main section that features punctuated rhythmic material, echo effects in the woodwinds, dramatic changes of dynamics, and bold melodic material drawn from the introduction. The tempo abruptly slows during a brief, full-ensemble celebratory section before the quick pace returns, driving the composition to a joyous conclusion.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commissioned by the Lakeshore Bands of Stevensville, Michigan, and dedicated to Philip and Cindy Huff, Director's [sic] of Bands in honor of their retirement. The piece captures the excitement and achievement that define Philip and Cindy's illustrious careers.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Carver, Joseph. "Beyond the Crest." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 198-203. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 73.9 (April 2019): 28. Print
  • Perusal score
  • Sean O'Loughlin website Accessed 30 March 2020