Godspeed, John Glenn

From Wind Repertory Project
Ryan Nowlin

Ryan Nowlin

This work may also be found under the title Godspeed.

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In this composition, Godspeed, John Glenn, the composer draws on all aspects of Glenn's life. The piece is not programmatic in nature, but is instead an impression of the many complex facets of his makeup. While there are cinematic moments reflecting the adventure of Glenn's life, the piece remains grounded in his humility; partnership with his wife; and steadfast love and commitment to his family, his country, and his faith.

The piece begins very distantly with an extensive trumpet solo. This solo is taken up by the trombone and played in echo briefly by the trumpet until the two voices find each other. The music continues into a playful modal section reminiscent of Glenn's small town roots and fascination with flight. Just after lift-off, the piece dissolves into a reverent anthem that attempts to embody the essence of his spirit. This anthem serves as the primary melodic material through various keys and triumphant treatments climaxing in a quote of the hymn Be Still My Soul.

- Program Note from publisher

The title was taken from the benediction offered by mission controller Scott Carpenter, as Glenn as about to launch into orbit in his space capsule Friendship 7, February 20, 1962.

- Program Note from Wikiquote


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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