Saddle Up! (Hill)

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Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: SARAHTIM Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Publisher


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This Western-themed piece was written over the weekend of March 11-13, 2016. I was home with a cold and looking through some old pictures. I was inspired by the picture of my teacher, Dr. McBeth, holding his saddle. I reflected on my childhood memories of watching old Western movies with Roy Rogers and John Wayne, Western movies such as The Cowboys, Rio Bravo, El Dorado, Big Jake, Chisholm, The Magnificent Seven, Silverado and Lonesome Dove. There were also the many Western-themed TV shows: The Riflemen, The High Chaparral, Wagon Train, Rawhide, Bonanza, The Big Valley, The Virginian and The Wild, Wild West. All special memories of my childhood.

Years ago, I was given a cup by one of my students. It sits on the desk of my home studio. The title, Saddle Up! is borrowed from the John Wayne quote on the cup: "Courage is being scared to death ... and saddling up anyway."

Saddle Up! was not commissioned by any group and was simply written for the sheer fun of it. It was composed as a gift for, and dedicated to, the Ouachita Baptist University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Craig Hamilton, director.

Saddle Up! contains these elements:

  • Rise and Shine!...We’re Burning Daylight!...Breaking camp
  • Saddle-Up!...Move ‘em out.
  • The Drive
  • Sunset on the Prairie
  • A Night under the Stars
  • Sunrise
  • Rise and Shine!...We’re Burning Daylight!...Breaking camp
  • Saddle-Up!...Move ‘em out
  • There’s nothing like bringing in a herd.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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