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Cloudscape, with Birds

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Robert Pore

Robert Pore

Subtitle: For 6 Wind and Percussion Instruments

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Leading Tones Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Adaptable Band)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet (Advanced)
  • Glockenspiel

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Vibraphone

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Trombone/Euphonium

Part 4

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba


  • Bass Drum
  • Maracas
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title for Cloudscape, With Birds was chosen after most of the music had been written. This piece was written to give the performers the chance to improvise, and may suggest to both the musicians and the listeners a lightly clouded day, with four or five birds circling slowly overhead.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Cloudscape, with Birds is intended to be performed by six players. On the flex parts, you are free to try out any combinations that are practical or that appeal to you creatively (i.e. flute/trumpet/clarinet/tuba or glockenspiel/vibraphone/horn/bass clarinet, along with many other possibilities). You may also incorporate string instruments into your performance with violins being able to play Parts 1 and 2 in C, Part 4 transposed for either cello or bass, and an alto clef version of Part 3 for viola may be requested from the composer.

The Advanced Clarinet part allows for an advanced performer, such as a teacher or high school/college student, to lead the group from that instrument.

The piece may also be performed by larger groups, using any combination of the instruments listed in the score. For such a performance the Ensemble Oboe part may be used to double Part 1, but this part is not to be use for a one-on-a-part performance. If a larger ensemble is used, the improvisational parts are still to be played by only one performer at a time.

The improvisational sections are to be performed primarily in the pitch ranges given in the boxes, but the performers may also embellish their improvisations by transposing the given pitches up or down an octave, depending on their instruments. The direction "like a bird in the air" can be taken to literally indicate bird calls, or to suggest a more abstract musical interpretation of birds flying, at the discretion of the performers.


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