Joy Is a Bird

From Wind Repertory Project
Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $110.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle (large)
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title of the work, taken from a short poem by R.H. Grenville, speaks of hope and new beginnings. The bird represents an institution, ready to soar to new heights. Musically, Joy Is a Bird is set as a fanfare for wind ensemble. This celebratory piece highlights melodic ideas that rise, fly and soar. The strong and steady beat throughout signifies hard work and dedication. The second half of the piece, in a faster tempo and full of flare, celebrates new beginnings, innovation, inspiration, diversity, and unity.

Joy Is a Bird was commissioned by the La Sierra University College of Arts and Sciences to celebrate the presidential inauguration of Dr. Joy Fehr.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of New Hampshire (Durham) Symphonic Band (Casey Speed Goodwin, conductor) - 25 April 2023
  • University of Missouri St. Louis Wind Ensemble (David Wacyk, conductor) - 8 March 2023

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