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Spirit of Orpheus, The

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith


Subtitle: A Sinfonia Celebration


General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Beaded Gourd
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Foundation, this brilliant new composition by Robert W. Smith follows in a long line of high-energy, vibrantly-descriptive and excitingly-scored works. Set as a tribute to musicians past and present, all of the Smith trademarks are present in this tune, guaranteeing your musicians will thoroughly enjoy rehearsals and audiences will rise to their feet applauding at performance conclusion. A truly important new musical statement!

- Program Note by publisher


In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a Thracian musician whose magical skill on the lyre enabled him to charm the trees, rivers and stones, as well as wild beasts. He was the son of Calliope, the use of eepc poetry, and Tracian river-god. Orpheus married the nymph Eurydice, but she soon died, bitten on the heel by a snake. Her grieving husband followed her to the underworld and, by playing on his lyre, charmed the deities into releasing her.

The Spirit of Orpheus was composed as a tribute to the musicians past and presnt of Phi u Alpha Sinfonia. Their contributions to the world of music have been immeasurable.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Kansas: III
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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