Intrepid Journey

From Wind Repertory Project
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

Intrepid Journey is a musical tribute to one of the most significant events in South Dakota’s history, the exploration of the west by Lewis and Clark. Their “Corps of Discovery Expedition” crossed the western portion of the United States, starting in May of 1804 in St. Louis, reaching the Pacific Ocean and returning to St. Louis in September of 1806. Their journey along the Missouri River took them through much of South Dakota. Intrepid Journey depicts the bravery and incredible fortitude of the explorers, the westward passage across the state, the dangers they encountered, and ultimately their successful return home.

- Program Note adapted from score

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


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
  • Robert Sheldon website Accessed 3 September 2021