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Spirit of the Winds

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company - Official Website
Cost: Score & Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV; including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bar Chimes
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Spirit of the Winds, a concert/festival work for the developing band, was inspired by the beautiful Temecula Valley of California. Each year, the sky over the valley is filled with hot air balloons creating a visual sight that is not soon forgotten. Of course, balloons are unable to "steer" and must fly with the gentle breezes of the air current. As a result, those subject to the "spirit of the winds" can find themselves over festival grounds or floating above the beautiful Temecula Valley vineyards. Beginning with a bold, yet mysterious statement, the introduction gives way to a soaring melody as our flight begins. Cascading figures in the woodwinds create the effect of wind currents followed by a beautiful secondary melodic statement. The original theme returns leading to a very energetic conclusion. Accessible to a wide range of concert bands, Spirit of the Winds provides multiple teaching opportunities and will be enjoyed by both performer and audience.

Spirit of the Winds was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Vail Ranch Middle School Band of Temecula, California, Tom McMahon, director.

Program Note from Publisher Web-site

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