One Thousand Cranes

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

The work bears the designation Opus 142.

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $72.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Bells)
  • Mark Tree
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beginning as if in a dream, you'll experience floating melodic lines that seem to suspend in air. Musical lines grow and subside expressively throughout, creating numerous musical moments of varied emotions and moods. An outstanding work for developing expressive playing.

- Program note by publisher

A recurring theme of hope unifies this magnificent lyric masterwork that will bring new heights of emotional maturity to your group. Inspired by the Japanese legend of folding 1000 origami cranes to make a wish come true, the boundless expressiveness of this work inspires the panoramic visions and gentle sensitivities of a great film score.

- Program note by Stanton's Sheet Music Listening Library

Dedicated to the memory of Charles Quarmby, teacher, mentor, and friend, by the Riverview High School Band, Sarasota, FL, and the Florida Bandmasters Association.


State Ratings

  • Florida: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 18 December 2022
  • Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson High School Wind Symphony ( Shawn Malone, conductor) - 11 November 2021
  • California State Long Beach Symphonic Band (Jermie Arnold, conductor) - 11 October 2012
  • Florida All State Small Schools Honor Band 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Robert Sheldon website Accessed 3 September 2021
  • Sheldon, R.(2010). One thousand cranes [score]. Alford Publishing: Van Nuys, CA.