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Sailing Onward until Dawn

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Ralph Ford

Ralph Ford

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin-Mills
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This moving work was commissioned in celebration of the life of a young musician who passed away after being diagnosed with leukemia.

A well-conceived composition that features appealing melodic material and effective contrasts of tempo, dynamics, and texture, the piece begins with a slow introduction utilizing wind chimes that moves quietly to a faster, forward-moving section. The intensity builds to a brief full ensemble climax before proceeding to a soft rubato passage featuring a clarinet solo. Instruments are added, culminating in a powerful four-measure full ensemble statement before proceeding to an initially soft Con Spirito section that features solos for clarinet, alto saxophone, and trumpet. A lyrical, reflective section follows, building to an exuberant climax before moving to a bright transitional passage. A final flowing section, conveying a sense of hope and faith, brings the piece to an emotional conclusion.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.6 (2016): 25-26. Print