Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Prelude and Flight for Violin and Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Robert Spittal

Robert Spittal

This article is a stub. If you can help add information to it,
please join the WRP and visit the FAQ (left sidebar) for information.

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (2+ players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Prelude and Flight is a work of contrasting moods. The prelude is somber and molto serioso, but the mood of the “flight” lifts gradually over time as the darkly romantic music transforms into buoyant frivolity.

When commissioned to compose a work for high school violinist and wind ensemble, I considered the difficulties I've faced as a conductor balancing winds with strings. Just a pair of winds can easily overpower the sound of several violins, so the composer must consider balance carefully. My solution was to feature the violin frequently without accompaniment in the prelude. In the fast music (flight), I followed the old masters' approach in the Baroque and Classical era concerti, and feature the solo violin mainly in episodes of chamber music alternating with episodes of full ensemble.

I was honored to compose Prelude and Flight for the King Kekaulike High School Wind Ensemble in Pukulani, Hawaii, Casey Nagata, director, and to conduct the premiere performance at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on April 8, 2014 with violinist Kisa Urodoma.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Brooks, conductor; Hyeri Choi, violin) – 13 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works