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Rhythms of the Spirit

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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 2006 / 2013
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (or Dholak)
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Djembe
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rhythms of the Spirit was written for the Grand Symphonic Winds [Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.] and their director, Matthew George. They were looking for a work to celebrate the influx of many international cultures which had become a significant part of the landscape of Minnesota. The piece opens and closes with heroic and beautiful music, signifying what most cultures seem to all be saying, but in different languages: We all just want peace, harmony, and love. The middle section is very rhythmic, using many percussion instruments found in different cultures.

- Program Note by Jeff Girard, Midwest Sheet Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) Wind Ensemble - 9 November 2017
  • Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Vancouver, B.C.) (David Brantner, conductor) – 15 July 2015– WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.

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