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Saga of the Clouds

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Fisher Tull

Fisher Tull

General Info

Year: 1990 / 1992
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $160.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


1. Stratus
2. Cirrus
2. Cumulo-Nimbus


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass 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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion A-B-C-D-E, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crotales (incl. arco)
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel (incl. arco)
  • Hoses (4-5 players)
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Thunder Sheet
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone (incl. arco)
  • Water Gong (Large)
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Cello (optional)

Program Notes

Saga of the Clouds was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band and premiered by this ensemble under the baton of Captain Steven Grimo at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in December, 1990.

The work depicts a portion of the environment in which Air Force pilots daily operate in the fulfillment of their missions. Each of the three movements of the work portrays a specific type of cloud formation.

The first movement begins with a clear horizon of sunlight which is soon invaded by the low fog of stratus clouds which thickens to limit the ground visibility.

Cirrus clouds are the subject of the second movement. This impression of high curly clouds is achieved by bright textures in a rapid tempo within a restrained dynamic field. The musical result is a joyful reaction to a non-threatening event which allows for freedom of movement in the skies.

The final movement reflects the ominous cumulo-nimbus cloud formations which are the signals of violent thunderstorms. The music graphically represents the intensity of the lightning followed by the power of the thunder claps as the storm intensifies.

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • New York: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Steven Grimo, conductor) - December 1990 (1990 Midwest Clinic) *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Fisher Tull website
  • Tull, F. (1992). Saga of the Clouds [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tx.