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Four Swords, The

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Olivia Kieffer

Olivia Kieffer

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Olivia Kieffer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $225.00; (digital) - $175.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Congas (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Rock Tambourine
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangles (3)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Four Swords is a commission from the Mid America Freedom Band, as a result of their Call for Proposals to write the ensemble a new piece for the concert band's 2018-19 season, "Colors".

The tune for "The Four Swords" goes back to the summer of 1990, when my younger brother and I started writing and illustrating our fantasy book The Adventures of Zaropeth and Zorogis, the story of a warrior and a dwarf on their circuitous route to Death Mountain to free their parents from imprisonment by the evil and merciless DEATH=ADDER. Over the course of that summer, my brother and I wrote two books, and then they were lost until the summer of 2017, when I found them in a box of my old stuff from childhood. I read them to my niece and nephew, who were the same ages as my brother and I were when we started writing the books. They promptly decided that it was time to continue the books, and so began Book three: The Tale of the Four Swords.

The swords of Vengeness, Hoodlums, Justice, and Chaos are all represented in the music with color and rhythm themes. The low brass are gold and silver, the high woodwinds are yellow and red, the high brass and low woodwinds are blue and green, and the percussion is a bright purple. The colors weave and starkly shift until they all come together at the end as a Very Large Concert Band rainbow! This music is a tribute to the enduring and hilarious adventures of childhood imagination.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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