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Robert Buckley

Robert Buckley

Subtitle: Dog Sled Race

This work is the third movement of Buckley's Symphony No. 1, Portraits of the North.

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe 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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Native Drum (or medium Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the West Vancouver Youth Band, this energetic programmatic movement (the third movement of Portraits of the North) captures the adventurous excitement of the Alaskan Iditarod (a 1,000-mile dog sled race) through the icy Alaskan tundra. The work possesses a very positive, infectious energy akin to background music from a superb action movie.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

The annual Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race between the Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Nome covers over 1000 challenging miles of jagged mountain ranges, dense forests and windswept coastlines. In cinematic fashion, the musical point of view cuts back and forth between the dogs' view and an eagle's, constantly moving forward with a relentless pulse. With a brief respite, a majestic, sweeping theme is introduced and develops, and then, back to the race! With renewed energy, the dogs run the final stretch; the music building and intensifying to the very end.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the West Vancouver (B.C.) Youth Band -- Douglas Macauley, Director, to commemorate the band's 80th anniversary.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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