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Soaring Hawk, The

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

General Info

Year: 1990
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Composer's Editions dist. by Hal Leonard, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Flugelhorn
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Congas
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Timpani
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks


In Parts:

  • Piccolo, m.145: Should come up to "mf" dynamic (bad scoring)
  • Oboe II, m.61: First note is D to match Oboe I
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet, m.14: Missing time signature
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet, m.37: Needs to be A#
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, m.60: Missing F#
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, m. 81: Should be C#
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.81: Should be C#
  • B-flat Cornet I, m.122: Should be corrected to match score
  • B-flat Flugelhorn, m.27: Missing time signature
  • Vibraphone, Last Bar: Sometimes the bowed vibe is more effective 8va; try it both ways
  • Timpani, m.39: Missing Tie
  • All Parts, m.158: All ties into 159, no re-articulations

In Score:

  • Oboe I, m.58: F# tied to F#

In Score and Part:

  • Trombone I, m.120: Should be Ab

Program Notes

The Soaring Hawk was inspired by meditating (with some degree of jealousy) upon the various experiences in the life of a hawk, a creature that is certainly a proud symbol of many things that are good in this world. A landscape is initially painted: the domain is surveyed by the hawk. Eventually, the hawk must fly, severing its physical bonds to the earth - what a joy to beat the wings and ride the wind! As the hawk soars overhead, the textures and rhythms of the earth below become its music. A sense of remorse is ever present, however, as the ancient memories of the earth below conflict with current visions of a land so totally affected by the presence of man. Gone are the abundant trees, tall grasses, clear waters, and pure air known by the hawk's ancestors. And yet, there are exhilarating and optimistic feelings in being alive in today's world, in spite of its many shortcomings. So much comes into its proper perspective when seen from above. Ah, that we all could soar above this earth!

- Program Note by composer


  • American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Prize, 1991, winner


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