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Inferno, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith


This work is the first movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Divine Comedy.


General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $87.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Heavy Chain
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

In Score:

  • Baritone B.C., m. 79: Add hairpin crescendo starting on beat 1 and lasting full measure
  • Tuba, m. 107: Add an accent to the dotted half note on beat 1
  • Mallet Percussion, Marimba, m. 96: Add dynamic marking "f" starting on beat 2


In Parts:

  • Flute I, m. 79: Add hairpin crescendo starting on beat 1 and lasting full measure
  • Flute II, m. 72-73: Add a trill (to Gb) lasting for full two measures
  • Flute II, m. 79: Add hairpin crescendo starting on beat 1 and lasting full measure
  • Mallet Percussion, Marimba, m. 103: Add marking "molto rall."
  • Mallet Percussion, Marimba, m. 107: Add an accent to the dotted half note chord on beat 1
  • Percussion III, m. 104: Add dynamic marking "f" on beat 1
  • Percussion III, Crash Cymbals, m. 106: Add hairpin crescendo starting on beat 1 and lasting full measure
  • Percussion III, Crash Cymbals, m. 107: Add dynamic marking "ff"


In Score and Parts:

  • Flute I, m. 59: The G-flat5 sixteenth note printed on the & of beat 2 should be a G-natural
  • Flute I, m. 169: The G-flat5 sixteenth note printed on the & of beat 2 should be a G-natural
  • Flute II, m. 59: The G-flat5 sixteenth note printed on the & of beat 2 should be a G-natural
  • Flute II, m. 169: The G-flat5 sixteenth note printed on the & of beat 2 should be a G-natural
  • Baritone Saxophone, m. 173-174: Slur the sixteenth notes starting from the D5 on beat 1 of m. 173 to the C6 on beat 1 of m. 174 (identical to m. 63-64)


Program Notes

The Inferno is the first movement of Robert W. Smith's four-movement work The Divine Comedy based on Dante Alighieri's literary classic of the same name. Dante's vision of hell consists of nine concentric circles divided into four categories of sin. This first movement of the epic work uses visual imagery with huge blocks of sound and explosive winds and percussion.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by the James Madison University Band, Harrisonburg, VA, Dr J. Patrick Rooney, Director of Bands.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Franklin (Mass.) High School Wind Ensemble (Diane Plouffe, conductor) – 10 December 2019
  • Newtown (Conn.) High School Wind Ensemble (Kurt Eckardt, conductor) – 24 May 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 1 May 2016
  • PEI Senior High Honours Band 2015 (Karem J. Simon, Conductor) - 25 November 2015
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (Samantha Fowler, conductor) - 30 October 2014
  • De Kunstvrienden Sint-Eloois-Winkel(Ledegem, Netherlands) (Dimitri Bracke, conductor) – 7 April 2013
  • Ely Senior High Band, Ely, Minnesota (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - March 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 549.
  • Smith, R. (1995). The Inferno: First Movement from The Divine Comedy [score]. Belwin Mills: Miami, Fla.