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Flight of the Griffin

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (medium)
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

This exciting new work is based on the griffin, a mythological creature native to India, having the head, legs, and wings of an eagle, and the body of a lion. Starting with open 5ths in the clarinets, slight elements of Indian music are introduced as the work builds to its opening theme. A powerful middle section combines elements of chamber playing and full ensemble. The closing section represents the actual flight of the griffin, bringing the whole piece to a dramatic ending.

Flight of the Griffin was written for the Lincoln Way East High School Wind Symphony, Frankfort, Illinois, Dan Valkema, director.

Program Note from Publisher Website


Commercial Discography

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