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Kilimanjaro - An African Portrait

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Robert B. Washburn

Robert Washburn

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00; (digital) - $12.00

Movements (Played without pause)

1. The Plain: The Serengeti
2. The People: Masai Dance
3. The Mountain: Kilimanjaro


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass 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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Conga Drum
  • Cowbells (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Log Drum
  • Shakers
  • Tam-Tam
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is an important contribution to the literature, not only by virtue of its high musical content, but because of its cultural significance. Through its inherent rhythmic vitality and strong musical textures, it presents a stunning portrait of the East African areas of Kenya and Tanzania, the people who live there and their rich heritage. The work is in three sections, played without pause: The Plain: The Serengeti; The People: Masai Dance and The Mountain: Kilimanjaro.

- Program Note from publisher

This work was commissioned by Jack Stamp and the Hoggard High School Band of Wilmington, N.C.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 12 November 2021
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 14 March 2018
  • Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony (Rochester, N.Y.) (John Rolland, conductor) – 10 February 2018
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • SUNY Potsdam Crane Concert Band (James Madeja, conductor) – 20 April 2016
  • Central Islip (N.Y.) High School Wind Ensemble – Spring 2015

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