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Nation's Strength, A

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith

Subtitle: ...And Lift Them to the Sky

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Out of print.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Beaded Gourd
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas (optional)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This vigorous, exciting work is a powerful musical statement for our times. This work for narrator with band is inspired by a poem from Ralph Waldo Emerson entitled A Nation's Strength, which honors those who have "stood fast and suffered long" in taking to the skies in defense of our country. An uplifting sense of hope is conveyed both in the text and music.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the United States Air Force "Band of the West" in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight, Major Dean Zarembinski, Commander/Conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

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