Olympic Fireworks

From Wind Repertory Project
David Stanhope

David Stanhope

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2016
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Australian Music Centre
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.95


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Piano (optional)
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Olympic Fireworks was given its premiere by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with the composer conducting, at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. As well as being played during the final fireworks, it was also played during the entrance of the athletes. The wind band version was written at the same time.

Much of the work is based on the composer’s Ceremonial Fanfare No. 1 for brass quintet. Olympic Fireworks is made up of four main sections. The first begins with sparkling sixteenth-note patterns, followed by a rising theme in triplets. The second (announced by the horns) introduces a new triplet theme with rising and falling duplets answering; these themes are developed to some extent before the fourth section repeats much of the opening part, adding a majestic coda.

- Program Note from liner notes for Mark CD Wind Band Masterworks Volume II

Commissioned by Dale Conis for the University of Missouri-Columbia Wind Ensemble, USA

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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