Chariot of Helios

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Stacy Garrop

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General Info

Year: 2011 / 2015
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass quintet
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $31.99


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
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Greek mythology, Helios was the god of the sun. His head wreathed in light, he daily drove a chariot drawn by four horses (in some tales, the horses are winged; in others, they are made of fire) across the sky. At the end of each day's journey, he returned to earth and slept in a golden boat that carried him on the Okeanos River back to his sun palace on Mount Olympus, where he mounted his chariot and rode into the sky again.

The cyclic journey of Helios is depicted in this short work. The first half is fast-paced and very energetic, while the second half is slow and serene, representing day and night.

Helios was originally commissioned by Gaudete Brass Quintet in 2011. I made the wind ensemble arrangement in 2015 for maestro Stephen Squires and the Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 20 November 2023
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Sheldon McLean, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • Swarthmore (Penn.) College Wind Ensemble (Andrew Hauze, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 21 November 2016

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