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Morpheus (Smith)

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $57.00; (digital) - $57.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Congas (2; optional Bongos)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba (optional Xylophone (3.5 octaves))
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks (2: high and low)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Greek mythology, Morpheus was the god of dreams. According to some sources, he was the son of Hypnos, the god of sleep. Dreams are often pleasant. However, at certain times, dreams are intense, particularly nightmares.

Robert W. Smith's composition titled Morpheus draws upon the intensity and range of our dreams for its creative direction. Featuring intense ensemble impacts in contrast yo more delicate and flowing melodic lines, the piece concludes with an extremely dissonant tone cluster followed by a "startled" final impact. If you listen carefully, you may hear the ticking and ringing of the alarm clock as our sleeper awakens.

Morpheus was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Madison Country Middle Schools Honor Band, Madison County, Indiana. The work was premiered at Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, March 7, 2004.

- Program Note from score


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