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Over the Moon

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom Toms
  • Triangles (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block (medium)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Much as in the epic tales pf Jules Verne's from the Earth to the Moon and George Méliès' iconic 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, I sought to take the listener on a brief musical voyage Over the Moon. At the start, the listener rides down a steep slide to the surface of the moon. At once a tango-like dance, glittery and light as silk, swims through the air. Instrumental solos appear and disappear like the characters of a story.

Suddenly the dance takes a on forbidding quality – plunger-muted growls appear as the work propels itself forward. Perhaps this is the dark side of the moon. Lines intermingle, the work lifts itself: Over the Moon, in joyful exuberance.

At the halfway mark, there is a brief respite, as if looking forward toward the peaceful blue planet: a hymn to life, to the Earth, the Moon, and towards the boundless energy of the Universe. A lone clarinet connects us to the return of the dance, reaching ever higher and brighter. A triumphant climax is suddenly quashed by a steep slide, back down to life on Earth.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Kentucky Music Educators Association and the Kentucky College/University Band Directors or the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas El Paso Wind Symphony (Andrew Hunter, conductor) - 30 March 2023
  • Kentucky Intercollegiate Band (Louisville) (Michael J. Colburn, conductor) – 18 February 2023 *Premiere Performance*

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