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Robert Spittal

Robert Spittal

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composer Robert Spittal was moved to complete this work in response to the Newtown, Conn., tragedy in 2012, and serves as a reflection of our complicated feelings of grief and loss. The music is simple and direct, and meant as a hopeful work for young players. Moved by a metaphor describing the victims as “twenty-six new diamonds in the sky” the title is a reference to the stars which we look upward to for inspiration, for hope, and to dream of better things to come.

- Program Note from publisher

Celestial Song was composed for the Gonzaga University Wind Symphony and was premiered, conducted by the composer, in April 2013.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • King, Michael T. "Celestial Song." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 145-151. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Perusal score
  • Robert Spittal website Accessed 26 June 2018
  • Spittal, R. (2013). Celestial Song [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York, N.Y.