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Cosmic Expedition

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Michael Miller

Michael Miller

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cosmic Expedition takes performers on a musical journey far across the galaxy via three main sections. The first, a rather celebratory and triumphant fanfare in Bb Major, begins with a sound-screen created by the upper woodwinds and percussion. Against this, horns and saxophones present the main theme. The mood of the second section is more serious and stern, a new melody in G minor, with woodwinds and mallets dancing above this new melody. The third section introduces another theme, this haunting melody in C minor. This last section is in stark contrast with everything that precedes it. A short recapitulation and coda bring this exciting journey to a resounding conclusion.

Cosmic Expedition was named to the American Band College — BandWorld - WIBC top 100 new works for 2018.

- Program Note from The Woodlands Concert Band concert program, 20 December 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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