Critical Speed

From Wind Repertory Project
Greg Danner

Greg Danner

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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-III
Contra-Bass/Electric Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The rate of speed an object needs to reach in order to escape the earth's gravity -- about 7 miles per second -- is called “critical speed“. It requires a constant force and an enormous amount of energy to reach this threshold.

Imagine the intensity of accelerating to this incredible speed, and then the exhilaration of weightlessness as the craft reaches earth orbit. Now the wonders of space are within reach.

Revealing this image in musical terms, Critical Speed has a constant underlying rhythmic momentum, which builds in several phases, growing to a peak of intensity. The music from this point forward is sheer fun – playful and exciting.

Critical speed is dedicated to the composer's son, Matthew, whose fascination with space, and rocketry suggested the composition.

For Matthew.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

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