Fly, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Oscar Navarro

Oscar Navarro

Subtitle: Invención para Banda Sinfónica. From the Suite Bestiarium

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oscar Navarro
Cost: Score and Parts - €117.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Embolo Flute
  • Flexaton
  • Fly instrument
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Fly comes from the Bestiarium Suite, a piece consisting of nine movements, each written by prolific international composers. Navarro describes his contribution to the work as "an invention for wind band." One might describe the overall work as a sort of "gallop."

Largely a theatrical and programmatic work, The Fly is intended to entertain the audience by its special sound and visual effects as much as by the actual musical content.

One instrument, the "fly instrument," is something that needs to be built (the composer gives detailed instructions for construction), and is intended to make the buzzing sound of a fly in motion.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band

The composer writes, “The Fly is a musical invention for symphonic wind band, conceived to emulate the sound produced when a fly travels across the different sections of the band. The music begins in the calmest manner, awakening the listener from a peaceful dream, and throughout the duration of the piece their mood will change into a state of wrath caused by the tediousness of this fly.”

- Program Note by Dominic Talanca for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra concert program, 25 January 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Brianna Sloane, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea Brown, conductor) - 14 March 2022
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PE, Can.) Wind Symphony (Karem J. Simon, conductor)– 21 November 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (George R. Boulden, conductor) - 14 April 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • "Salesiana del Niño Jesús Symphonic Band" (Bogotá, Col.) (Rogelio Arturo Castro Garcia, conductor) - 20 July 2017 (CIBMV - Valencia, España)
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Donald Peterson, conductor) – 7 December 2016
  • University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 16 April 2015
  • Lone Star Wind Symphony (Richardson, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 25 January 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • George, Matthew. "'The Fly." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 837-843. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Navarro, O. (2013). The Fly: Invention for Wind Band [score]. Oscar Navarro Music: Spain.