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Moving at the Speed of Sound

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Mark Lortz

Mark Lortz

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rousing brass motives, dynamic woodwind flourishes and active percussion ignite in an explosive concert opening statement. Beginning quietly, the action quickly accelerates and builds into a spinning sonic dynamo that truly befits the title. Though technical demands are kept at a very playable level, active parts in every section drive the music forward while occasional time signature changes dart and weave throughout this musical thrill ride.

- Program Note by publisher

Written for the 2014 Harford All County Band (Harford County, Mary.), Moving at the Speed of Sound takes the audience and the performers on a musical roller coaster ride. Minimalist rhythmic ostinatos, woodwind flourishes, energetic brass motives and driving percussion create a feeling of spatial highs and lows.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bismarck (N.D.) State College Wind Ensemble (John Darling, conductor) – 6 November 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Lortz, M. [2017]. Moving at the Speed of Sound [score]. Wingert-Jones Publications: Exton, Penn.
  • Mark Lortz website