Beyond the Riverbend

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The contrasting musical styles in this piece make it perfect for concert or festival performances. Inspired by the many moods of the beautiful Susquehanna River, it captures the spirit of hope and optimism of searching for what is in our future, beyond our own "river bend."

-Program Note from publisher

The Susquehanna River has played a significant role in the history of Pennsylvania as well as parts of New York and Maryland. Flowing through Central Pennsylvania, it certainly has become a familiar sight to the residents of Lycoming County. Beyond the Riverbend is inspired by this river, where the music captures the spirit and hope and optimism as each of us searches for what is in our future, beyond our own”riverbend.” This tuneful overture was written for the 2012 Lycoming County Junior Honor Band.

-Program Note from Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony

Inspired by the Susquehanna River and its role in the history of Pennsylvania and parts of New York and Maryland, this uplifting overture conveys a spirit of optimism and hope for what lies in the future, “beyond the riverbend.” A brief introduction leads to an opening allegro section that features energetic melodic material stated by the trumpets, accompanied by syncopated harmonies and driving percussion. A slower, lyrical section then begins with a soft, expressive melody initially presented by the clarinets. Flute, saxophones, and low brass are given melodic opportunities before the piece moves to a spirited tempo primo section that revisits earlier material and leads to a rousing conclusion. Precise execution of dotted rhythms, proper phrasing, careful attention to dynamics, and good balance between melodic lines and accompanying material are needed for a memorable performance.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

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