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High Flight

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Joseph Turrin

Joseph Turrin


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 12:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Cello I-II


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A monumental work from the pen of Joseph Turrin, High Flight was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band and is dedicated to the American pilots who fought in the Spanish Civil War (1937-1939). Stunning passages and masterful orchestrations characterize this multifaceted composition as motifs are developed and the emotional pacing unfolds. Inspired by the poem High Flight by pilot Gillespie Magee.

- Program Note by publisher


This multifaceted work is characterized by stunning beauty blended with masterful orchestration, which exemplifies the unfolding and emotional pacing of the developing motifs. The inspiration for this work originates from the poem High Flight by officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr., an American pilot who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and who was killed at the age of 19 when his aircraft collided with another plane. His poem reads:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds,—and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor ever eagle flew— And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

- Program Notes by Jennifer Daffinee for the 2016 Texas All-State Concert Band concert program, 13 February 2016


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Turrin, J. (2008). High Flight [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.