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1903: First Flight

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Shawn Lee

Shawn Lee

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General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Crusis Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments

Part 2

  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • F Instruments

Part 3

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • F Instruments


(percussion detail desired)<!—rb 


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Wright Brothers' first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903, changed the world of aviation forever. The sky quickly became the world's new "final frontier," with daring aviators all over the world building on their knowledge and continuing to push the limits of what powered aircraft could do, eventually leading to the aviation world we know today. This work, an adaptation of my earlier orchestral work Amongst the Clouds, seeks to capture the excitement of the brothers' success, as well as serve as a "first flight" for beginning ensembles.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Of additional note, this work features enhanced flexibility; even without low brass or woodwinds, the third part has been carefully written to be more or less playable at pitch by alto saxophones and clarinets.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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