Art in the Park

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

The work bears the designation Opus 95.

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


1. Le Cycliste – 2:30
2. The Shadowed Stream – 2:30
3. Excavation – 1:45
4. Transfiguration – 1:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Four paintings inspired this piece, and in each case the composer attempted to not only capture the character and energy of the painting, but to recreate the style of the brushstrokes musically as well. The first movement is an example of cubism, and depicts Gino Severini’s Le Cycliste. The music begins ominously before exploding through the streets of Paris. A wild ride ensues as the cyclist weaves through traffic and eventually out of sight. The second movement is a musical depiction of aquarelle, representing The Shadowed Stream by John Singer Sargent. The tempo is relaxed as we float down the stream seeing many peaceful scenes.

The third movement is an example of sgraffito, and was inspired by Willem de Kooning’s highly energetic and complex painting Excavation. In this style of painting, the actual artwork is covered in a layer of paint, before it is scratched off to see elements of what lies beneath. Consequently, this movement is a percussion ensemble, and the wind section helps by playing sand paper blocks, which mimic the sound of the "scratching." The final movement was inspired by Raphael’s Transfiguration, a classic example of chiaroscuro. The music is noble in character but shifts between various shades of darkness and light before ending in a triumphant fanfare.

Commissioned by the 2003 Plymouth Canton Educational Park Band Program, Plymouth, Michigan, Amy Boerma, Director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


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