Quest, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith

This work is the first movement of the composer's Symphony No. 3, Don Quixote.

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes (2 players)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Castanets (as many sets as possible)
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (4)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

At long last, Robert W. Smith gives us another major work based upon classic literature. Symphony No. 3, Don Quixote musically portrays the classic tale of the errant knight, his trusty yet bumbling squire and their adventures in the name of chivalry. The Quest, the first of four movements, is distinctly Spanish in flavor. Using a blend of classic and contemporary techniques, the composer weaves together a sonic tale of the gentleman of La Mancha who takes up his lance and sword to defend those that are helpless and destroy those that are evil. Captivating, musical and full of vivid imagery, Symphony No. 3, Don Quixote will be a performance that is memorable for performer and audience alike.

- Program Note from publisher

Premiered by and dedicated to Agrupopació Artística Musical de Dénia of Spain, Frank De Vuyst, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Gemberling, conductor) – 21 April 2019
  • Grand Street (New York) Community Band (James P. Stephenson, conductor) – 3 June 2018
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 20 April 2017
  • Austin (Texas) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) – 6 May 2016
  • The Shippensburg Band (Carl Sponenberg, conductor) - 4 November 2012
  • Sonora Orchestra Tremelo (Belgium) - 2010

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  • Perusal score
  • Robert W. Smith website Accessed 6 September 2021
  • Smith, R.; Cervantes, M. (2008). The Quest: From Symphony No. 3, Don Quixote [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.