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Elfin Thunderbolt

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Nancy Galbraith

Nancy Galbraith

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General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Subito Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-VI

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"... a high-energy score .... The music drives hard from its opening to a lullaby-like woodwind passage about two-thirds of the way through. The dreaminess is dispatched by the arrival of a snare drum that slowly ratchets the excitement level back to that of the work's opening."

- Program Note from Fanfare Magazine

Elfin Thunderbolt opens with a fff explosion in the percussion, which then becomes an accompaniment for a brass fanfare. This fanfare-like material is stated in various ways in the opening section. A tranquil woodwind texture follows, under which rich brass chords are expressed. Suddenly the tempo becomes presto. A sprightly melody is stated by the flutes, and eventually passed through all of the woodwinds. Following a ritardando, the tranquil woodwind texture returns. All motion comes to a halt, until a ppp snare drum announces the final ascent to the thunderous conclusion.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Galbraith, N. (1999). Elfin Thunderbolt [score]. Subito Music: [Verona, N.J.].
  • Nancy Galbraith website Accessed 19 September 2017