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Gates of the Wonder-World Open, The

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Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.

Joseph C. Phillips Jr.

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Numen Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact composer


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba/Tubular Bells
  • Shaker (or Maraca)
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title comes from Carl Sagan’s rewording of a sentence from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick: “By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome; the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open…” This sentence describes how, for Ishmael, the sea voyage is a gateway to the future, to new and unknown adventures.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by University of Maryland Wind Ensemble, Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, director, and Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity, Gamma Xi chapter, College Park, Maryland

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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