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Fortress (Martin)

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Theresa Martin

Theresa Martin

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theresa Martin
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental (print) - $250.00; (digital) - $250.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (small)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal (medium)
  • Tam-tam (or large Gong)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title Fortress came to me before I composed the piece, and it is multi-dimensional. A fortress may be your belief and trust in a higher being, that through Him all things are possible. Your fortress may be a positive state of mind, to protect yourself physically, mentally, or spiritually from things such as negative emotions, disease, suffering, etc. Your fortress may also be a self-protective, and sometimes self-destructive, shield which masks your true self from reality. What is inside the fortress also has significance. For the faithful, is it a beautiful garden of love and acceptance, next to a pool which mirrors God’s love? For the lost, is it a lonely, empty space, broken down with time, crumbling and turning to dust?

The form of the piece was guided by a beloved children’s book about perseverance, facing up to your fears, and overcoming an internal struggle. Some imagery which I incorporated into the music are the building of walls, the passage of time, feelings of anxiety, doubt, and loneliness followed by escape, perseverance, and redemption.

Fortress was commissioned by the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jason Caslor, for his inaugural concert as director of bands at Arizona State University on Sept. 19, 2019.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Jason Caslor, conductor) - 18 September 2019 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 406.
  • Theresa Martin website Accessed 16 February 2021