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Intrepid Journey

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Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

This work bears the designation Opus 185.

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: II 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $58.00; (digital) - $58.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The South Dakota Music Educators' Association commissioned this work as a musical tribute to the exploration of the West by Lewis and Clark. Their expedition crossed the western portion of the United States, starting in St. Louis in May of 1804 and reaching the Pacific Ocean before returning to St. Louis in September of 1806.

The majestic opening fanfare depicts the challenge, bravery, and fortitude that was needed to accomplish the arduous task. A key change and a slower contrasting section with flowing melodic material and lush harmonies seems to reflect a calmness and appreciation for the beauty of the land. A suddenly fast, agitated section with driving percussion, ominous brass statements, and chaotic woodwind figures conveys the numerous dangers the intrepid explorers encountered. These challenges are soon overcome as the piece slows before moving to a final Tempo I section that brings the composition to a triumphant conclusion.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band A


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  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.8 (2016): 28. Print