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Icarus and Daedalus Fantasy

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Subtitle: The Fantasy of Flight

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Icarus and Daedalus was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

- Program Note from publisher

This work details the story of mythological Greek inventor Daedalus and his son Icarus, who were imprisoned on the isle of Crete and ordered by King Minos to build a labyrinth. In order to escape, Daedalus built two pairs of wings from seagull feathers and wax. As they flew from the island, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun. Icarus ignored his father’s warning and soared higher and higher. Eventually, the wax melted, and Icarus plunged headlong to his death in the raging Icarian sea. Daedalus arrived safely and sorrowfully in Sicily.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Georgia State University Perimeter College (Clarkston) Community Wind Ensemble (Michael Prudchenko, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Matthew J. McCurry, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • RTAF Wind Symphony (Thailand) – 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer