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Aurora Borealis

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Rossano Galante

Rossano Galante

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HaFaBra Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €128.00   |   Score Only (print) - €9.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II/English Horn
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The glittering aurora borealis, or northern lights, as they are better known, are depicted in a lushly stated main theme with the full ensemble. It begins in a 4/4 meter and then, like the ever-changing lights themselves, transforms into 7/8, giving the opening an exciting forward motion, led by trumpets and accompanied by woodwind and low brass ostinati. The composition continues with a romantic, lyrical section which depicts the beauty and mystery of the lights. The piece culminates with an exciting recapitulation of the main theme, concluding with riveting brass fanfares.

- Program Note by publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Conestoga Valley High School Band, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jared M. Daubert, director.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Rouge River Winds (Toronto, Ont. Can.) (Pratik Gandhi, conductor) - 26 October 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Shaun Evans, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Los Altos, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 9 December 2018
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Adult Band Camp (Thomas Riccobono, conductor) 12 August 2018
  • American Legion Band of the Tonawandas (N.Y.) (Michael Shaw, conductor) - 3 May 2018
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) Alumni Band (Lester Lim, conductor) – 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Galante, R. (2016). Aurora Borealis [score]. Hafabra Music: Fourons, Belgium.