Icarus and Daedalus Fantasy
Subtitle: The Fantasy of Flight
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
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
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
- Alabama: Class AA
- Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
- 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
- Concerto for Solo Flute and Wind Ensemble (1996)
- Icarus and Daedalus Fantasy (1995)
- Introduction and Allegro (2003)
- Symphony for Winds (1984)
- Gates, K. . Icarus and Daedalus Fantasy : Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio [score]. s.n.:s.l.
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Keith Gates." Accessed 4 March 2019
- Icarus, Wikipedia Accessed 4 March 2019
- Keith Gates website Accessed 4 March 2019
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 222-223.