River of the Ancients

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

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General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For thousands of years, the Nile River has remained a stable and life-giving presence in the land of Egypt. Throughout the piece, the music depicts dances of celebration, awe-inspiring pyramids, invasions and conquest over foreign armies. Brief solos with delicate accompaniments counterbalance bold themes and powerful percussion statements in this substantial work for young bands. An element of rhythmic vitality is pervasive throughout, representing the steady and constant flow of this mighty river of life.

- Program Note from publisher

The Marion Junior High School Band, Marion, Illinois, commissioned this work. The city of Marion is also known as "Little Egypt."

- Program Note from North Ridge Middle School Honors Band concert program, 15 December 2005


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Tennessee: IV
  • West Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Sweeney, M. (2004). River of the Ancients [score]. Music Works: Milwaukee, Wisc.