From Wind Repertory Project
Edwin Franko Goldman

Edwin Franko Goldman (ed. Ed Lisk)

General Info

Year: 1931 / 2007
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Onward-Upward was written in 1930 during a period when the composer was deeply involved in efforts to standardize concert band instrumentation. Only a few months earlier he had organized the American Bandmasters Association to raise wind music to a higher standard of artistic excellence and to secure the adaptation of universal instrumentation so that band publications of all countries would be interchangeable. At the time, wind bands contained varying number of musicians and instruments, and little music was composed specifically for band.

The title of this composition reflects optimistic conviction that bands would evolve "onward" to a bright and flourishing future, and standardized orchestration would enable "upward progression of the genre.

- Program Note from University of Alabama Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 March 2020

Onward and Upward is a charming toe-tapper of a march with literal musical depictions of its title in its many upward chromatic flourishes throughout the march.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 1 August 2019


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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