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Into the Unknown

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Karen Kachelmeier Robertson

Karen Kachelmeier Robertson

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


doubling Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
Flute I-II
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum (concert)
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Humanity has always had an interesting relationship with the idea of “The Unknown.” Though we love the comforts of home, humans seek to explore the unknown whether by horse, ship, rocket or just by simply putting one foot in front of another. Yes, we are afraid of that which we do not know and yet, there lies a compulsion to understand and make “The Unknown” known. Thus, we are compelled to take leave of safety and explore.

This fast paced and melodious piece seeks to capture both the danger and excitement one feels when facing that which is not known. The low brass brings about that ominous sense of danger while the woodwinds give a heart rousing push all while being propelled forward by the driving percussion. Frequent time changes add to the momentum of the journey, keeping both the player and listener on the edge of their seat. This piece is dedicated to all who continue to have the great curiosity to explore Into the Unknown.

- Program Note from publisher

Even though the work is programmatic, Robertson believes that "energy and purpose of the music allow for each listener to envision what it means to them."

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


  • Female Band Composition Competition, 2018, honorable mention


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Karen Kachelmeier Robertson website Accessed 30 May 2021
  • Perusal score
  • Richardson, Colleen. "Into the Unknown." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 237-243. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • Robertson, K. (2018). Into the Unknown [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.