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Goddess of Fire

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (Opt.)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Pele, the goddess of Hawaii's volcanoes, is the most respected and feared deity in Polynesia. She is both creator of the sacred land and destroyer when she devours the land with her flames. The work opens with primordial, mysterious sounds representing the foreboding volcanoes of Hawaii. We are then introduced to Pele as a tall, beautiful young woman. This is one of the forms she can take and it represents her powers of creation and beauty. This gives way to the active and destructive Pele, often taking the form of an old woman, wrinkled and bent with age. The following lyrical section of the piece is the full statement of Pele's theme of creation and beauty. As this theme settles, we begin to hear the ground pop and crack, letting us know that new lava is beginning to bubble and flow. Suddenly and violently, one of her volcanoes erupts, creating massive chaos and destruction. After the eruption subsides, Pele's theme of creation and beauty returns again.

In memory of Mildred Smith, beloved band booster and friend. Dedicated to the students and parents of the Ben Davis High School Symphonic Band, Indianapolis, Indiana - Jim Butz, Shawn McNabb, Gary Rudloph and John Papandria, directors.

- Program Note by Steven Reineke

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • The Hartt Philharmonia Winds (West Hartford, Conn.) (Alan Francis, conductor) – 12 May 2019
  • North Hollywood (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Robin Sharp, conductor) – 23 February 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Reineke, S. (2006). Goddess of Fire [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.