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Achilles' Wrath

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Sean O'Loughlin

Sean O'Loughlin


General Info

Year: 2005 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

Keyboard (optional)
Timpani
Mallet Percussion

  • Bells
  • Chimes

Percussion 1

  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum

Percussion 2

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slapstick
  • Low Drums
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

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Program Notes

One of Sean O'Loughlin's most popular pieces is bold, aggressive and dynamic, containing shifting modalities and will make any band sound top-notch.

Achilles' Wrath was written to accompany an annual school production based on Homer's classic epic The Iliad. The creative inspiration for the composition lies in the opening lines of Alexander Pope's translations: "Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring / Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing!" The story tells of interfering gods, brave warriors and bloody battles when the mighty Greeks fight for Helen of Troy. The piece of music is a unique retelling of an age-old tale of Achilles' wrath, vengeance, heroic deeds, and the power of beautiful women.

Commissioned by the Homewood Middle School Symphonic Band, Homewood, AL, Chris Cooper, Director.

- Program Note from score


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