Flying Jewels

From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 10:35
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - unknown   |   Score Only (print) - $65.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II optional)
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam (medium)
  • Triangle (medium)
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wind Chimes (metal)
  • Wood Block (small and medium)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Flying Jewels is a symphonic poem for wind ensemble that attempts to capture the joyous and hopeful spirit of a famous essay [Joyas Voladoras] by the late author Brian Doyle (1956-2017). The essay asserts the connection that all people and creatures share; we all have one heart that carries us through life’s struggles, victories, and simple pleasures. My composition deals with the themes of Doyle’s essay by depicting the heart rhythms of different creatures through various metric/tempo modulations and relationships.

First is the hummingbird, flitting about with bright flourishes from woodwinds and metallic percussion at superhuman speeds. A reptile’s three-chambered heart is heard next with nods to the triple-meter dances of the Caribbean. At the center of the work is the human heart, which is a simple tune that slowly builds to a cadence at the heart rate of a blue whale: four giant chords that resound under the ocean depths. Finally, the work recapitulates each idea while gaining speed to combine all of the tempi in an exuberant and ecstatic finale.

This work was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C., Col. Don Schofield, commander and conductor.

- Program Note from score


  • NBA/William D. Revelli Composition Award, 2022, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Youth Performing Arts School (Louisville, Ky.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Callihan, conductor) - 20 December 2023 (2023 Midwest Clinic)
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Jay Gephart, conductor) - 1 October 2023
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Darrin S. Thiriot, conductor) - 22 March 2023
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) - 6 December 2022 (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 7 April 2022

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