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On the Wings of Swallows

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney


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General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Euphonium
Tuba/String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Taking its title from a quote by Shakespeare's Richard III -- “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings” -- the composition is a multi-styled piece that moves through a series of "through-composed" sections, avoiding the usual ABA overture style. A distinctively rich, contemporary harmonic structure creates exceptional appeal, and serves to unify the various segments of the work. The various melodic motives are all instantly attractive, and the percussion writing is thoughtfully used to enhance the music rather than just provide energy.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by the North Syracuse (NY) School District in memory of band member Pat Hays.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III
  • Michigan: Junior High B
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Sweeney, M. (2000). On the Wings of Swallows [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.