Passing Fantasy, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Fisher Tull

Fisher Tull

General Info

Year: 1992 / 1994
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $8.75

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Piccolo/Flute III
Flute 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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Claves
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hoses (including C, Eb, G, and F#)
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block

Program Notes

A Passing Fantasy was inspired by the book, Life After Life by Dr. Raymond A. Moody, Jr. The music depicts some of the experiences reported by persons who were participants in "near-death experiences" and who reported these phenomena upon recovery.

Set in a single movement, the work opens with expressions of pain and anxiety. This confused state eventually erupts into a constant release of tension signifying the out-of-body sensation of freedom from mortal constraints. As the person is swept away through a dark tunnel, portions of his life are depicted by a child-like melody. As the bright light at the end of the tunnel appears, the confident phrases of Kom Süsser Tod (Come Sweet Death) emerge from the confusion as a gesture of triumph over death. The work closes in a tranquil state of suspension and peace.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Texas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 30 September 2022
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagán, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 26 April 2021
  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Alain Cazes, conductor) – 30 September 2016
  • Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School Symphonic Honors Band (Kevin Arnott, conductor) - 17 April 2014
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 18 November 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Fisher Tull website
  • Tull, F. (1992). A Passing Fantasy: For Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music Company: San Antonio, Tx.