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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contralto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Tom (low)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes

Players singing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Endurance was commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association in conjunction with the awarding of its 36th Biennial ABA/Ostwald Composition Award for my 1990 work The Soaring Hawk. Endurance was premiered by the United States Interservice Band, Ed Lisk, conductor, at the 58th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. on March 7, 1992.

The work is a musical reflection upon the infinite endurance of the human spirit, the religious spirit, and the spirit of the earth. Initial inspiration for the piece came from a book of the same title by Alfred Lansing documenting the amazing story of the ill-fated expedition of the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914-1916. His ship, the "Endurance", became ice-bound and eventually sank, stranding Shackleton and his crew of 27. They experienced over 15 months of life exposed to the unrelenting, dangerous Antarctic weather, and, miraculously survived to tell it. The strength of character exhibited by these men in enduring incredible hardships is truly awe-inspiring. Since reading this fascinating account, the story has been in the back of my mind whenever I find myself challenged by what seems to be insurmountable problems. It helps me put things into a proper perspective.

I have also been moved by recent expressions of religious spirit around the world, finding solace in the realization that this spirit has and forever will endure in many forms. Finally, as we continue to pollute our planet, I can't help but get the sense that it, too, will endure, going through some sort of forced evolution in spite of our maltreatment.

All three spirits -- human, religious, earth -- also seem intertwined to me. In pondering them, I find hope and peace.

- Program Note by Timothy Mahr


Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southwest Washington (Camas) Wind Symphony (Mark Lane, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Dave McKee & Chad Reep, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 27 April 2016
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Tim Diem, conductor) – 17 February 2016
  • St. Olaf College Band (Northfield, Minn.) (Timothy Mahr, conductor) – 23 January 2016
  • Marquette University Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 16 November 2014

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Mahr, Timothy. "Endurance." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 616-623. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Timothy Mahr website