From Wind Repertory Project
Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom (low)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes

Players singing


In Parts:

  • Bassoon I-II, m.218: Missing the E natural
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, m.267: Missing the Gb
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.315: Should have Bb
  • Tuba, m.226: Missing 5/8

In Parts and Score:

  • Flute I-II, m.290: Add diminuendo
  • Flute I-II, m.292: Remove "diminuendo" and add "p" dynamic
  • Oboe I-II, m.216: Add cresc.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II, m.216: Add > accent on beat 3, ^ accent on the "+" of 3 and > accent on last note in bar
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.216: Add > accent on beat 3, ^ accent on the "+" of 3 and > accent on last note in bar
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV, m.216: Add > accent on beat 3, ^ accent on the "+" of 3 and > accent on last note in bar
  • Trombone III, m.196: Should be Gb
  • Euphonium, m.216: Add > accent on beat 3, ^ accent on the "+" of 3 and > accent on last note in bar
  • Piano, m.216: Add > accent on beat 3, ^ accent on the "+" of 3 and > accent on last note in bar
  • All Parts, m.336: Start diminuendo here instead of at 338

Program Notes

Endurance was commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association in conjunction with the awarding of its 36th Biennial ABA/Ostwald Composition Award for my 1990 work The Soaring Hawk. Endurance was premiered by the United States Interservice Band, Ed Lisk, conductor, at the 58th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. on March 7, 1992.

The work is a musical reflection upon the infinite endurance of the human spirit, the religious spirit, and the spirit of the earth. Initial inspiration for the piece came from a book of the same title by Alfred Lansing documenting the amazing story of the ill-fated expedition of the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914-1916. His ship, the "Endurance", became ice-bound and eventually sank, stranding Shackleton and his crew of 27. They experienced over 15 months of life exposed to the unrelenting, dangerous Antarctic weather, and, miraculously survived to tell it. The strength of character exhibited by these men in enduring incredible hardships is truly awe-inspiring. Since reading this fascinating account, the story has been in the back of my mind whenever I find myself challenged by what seems to be insurmountable problems. It helps me put things into a proper perspective.

I have also been moved by recent expressions of religious spirit around the world, finding solace in the realization that this spirit has and forever will endure in many forms. Finally, as we continue to pollute our planet, I can't help but get the sense that it, too, will endure, going through some sort of forced evolution in spite of our maltreatment.

All three spirits -- human, religious, earth -- also seem intertwined to me. In pondering them, I find hope and peace.

- Program Note by composer



State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Jeremy Harmon, conductor) - 24 March 2023
  • Southwest Washington (Camas) Wind Symphony (Mark Lane, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) - 10 October 2019
  • Mukwonago (Wisc.) High School Wind Ensemble (Emma Angoli, conductor) – 21 May 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Dave McKee & Chad Reep, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 27 April 2016
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) – 19 March 2016
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Tim Diem, conductor) – 17 February 2016
  • St. Olaf College Band (Northfield, Minn.) (Timothy Mahr, conductor) – 23 January 2016
  • Marquette University Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 16 November 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mahr, Timothy. "Endurance." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 616-623. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Timothy Mahr website