From Wind Repertory Project
Kimberly Archer

Kimberly Archer

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 7:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos (high)
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

'Moorscape in many ways represents an escape from writer’s block. Because it was commissioned shortly after the premiere of my Symphony no. 3, by the same school that commissioned the symphony (albeit a different conductor, for the second band), it was hard for me to come down from the euphoria of a major musical experience and get to work on a whole new piece. In fact, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it at all -- that perhaps I had spent so much effort on the symphony that I simply had nothing left.

Then, in the summer of 2008, I had a dream that involved passing through a quiet, yet somewhat ominous landscape during a murky twilight. In fact, it was a landscape that much resembled the Hadrian’s Wall area of northern England. In the course of the dream, I met one of my early composition teachers, who prodded me until I admitted, much to my surprise, that my problem was not with lack of ideas or even exhaustion, but instead, with fear of failure. The dream was so vivid and powerful, I held onto the image of this landscape, cast purple and orange under a fading sun, and allowed my imagination to fill in even more details. This experience rekindled my creativity and allowed me to start composing again.

Thus, Moorscape is a musical portrait of this dark and unsettling dream landscape, but also a reminder to myself about overcoming fear -- particularly the unfocused kind.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Central High School Symphonic Band of the La Crosse Public School District—La Crosse, WI, Mr. Bix Swerman, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan V. Scherber, conductor) - 10 October 2021

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