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Raptor Rides the Whale, The

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Andrew David Perkins

Andrew David Perkins

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Apollo Studios
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Concert Tom
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Waterphone (optional)
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Raptor Rides the Whale is an aggressive, driving, modal work that heavily features the percussion section, utilizing multiple special effects. At 156 beats per minute, the piece pushes the tempo boundaries while instrumentation and technical demand stay well within grade 2.5-3.

Inspired by the artwork of Stirling Prentice (Winged Beast), the piece is a metaphoric manifestation of the imagined meeting of these two iconic creatures. Perhaps, like a discarded chapter from a Michael Crichton novel, the outcome of this improbable rendezvous would be best left to our imaginations. I humbly offer the soundtrack.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned in 2018 by a consortium of music educators dedicated to promoting the composition of wind band literature.

- Program Note from score


  • NBA Merrill Jones Composition Contest, 2018, finalist

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High C


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