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Impulse to Soar, An

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestral Bells)
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An Impulse to Soar was written for my friend, Sally Wagner, and the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Wind Ensemble in Greenbelt, Maryland. Sally’s years of outstanding directorship have fostered an inspiring and vigorously challenging instrumental music program at ERHS, a school which draws students from widely diverse social and economic backgrounds.

The title of the piece is taken from an address by Helen Keller to the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, in 1896:

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

The spirit and vitality of the piece at once reflect the meaning behind Helen Keller’s words, and also the joyful spirit with which Sally Wagner and her students approach their music making. The music is meant to keep performers and audience members alike at the edge of their seats for three minutes of energetic fun.

-Program Note by the Composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


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  • New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 27 November 2011

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