On the Wings of Swallows

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

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General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Tuba/String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Taking its title from a quote by Shakespeare's Richard III -- “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings” -- the composition is a multi-styled piece that moves through a series of "through-composed" sections, avoiding the usual ABA overture style. A distinctively rich, contemporary harmonic structure creates exceptional appeal, and serves to unify the various segments of the work. The various melodic motives are all instantly attractive, and the percussion writing is thoughtfully used to enhance the music rather than just provide energy.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the North Syracuse (NY) School District in memory of band member Pat Hays.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III
  • Michigan: Junior High B
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Perusal score
  • Sweeney, M. (2000). On the Wings of Swallows [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.