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Beyond the Higher Skies

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Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score & Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Impressive and unique, this outstanding Robert Sheldon composition is certain to be heard at many music festivals and concerts for years to come. Sheldon's distinctive compositional style challenges young players allowing them to grow while providing directors with effective program material for a wide variety of performance situations.

Beyond the Higher Skies was commissioned by the Tenafly Middle School Band, Tenafly, New Jersey, Walter C. Schneider, director.

Program Note from publisher

Beyond the Higher Skies announces the beginning of our program in majestic fashion. Brass fanfares and woodwind flourishes open the piece before it settles into an ebullient melody introduced by the trumpets. The slower and more lyrical middle section is introduced by woodwind choir with tender and poignant harmonies that give way to the return of the original tempo for an exciting conclusion.

- Program Note by Brian Ewing

Commercial Discography

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Audio Links

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Night Owls Campus Community Band (Brian Ewing, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) High School Honor Band (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 17 February 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


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