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Sancho and the Windmills

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith


Subtitle: From Symphony No. 3, 'Don Quixote'


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano/Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Concert Tom (optional)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Taikos
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In the third of four movements in Robert W. Smith's epic work Don Quixote, the listener is treated to the comic relief that permeates the entire literary story line. Beginning with the opening bassoon solo characterizing Sancho Panza on his donkey, the composer uses unique percussion effects to convey the hapless hero and his never-ending battle to stay up on his horse Rocinante. The listener can hear the rusty suit of armor as Don Quixote continually falls from his horse in one adventure after another.

Perhaps the most memorable imagery in the entire literary epic is Don Quixote's battle with the windmills. Using harmonic effects combined with unique percussion scoring, the composer has brought this tale to life through the unfocused eyes of the knight. Funny, yet with a sense of sadness, Sancho and the Windmills will be a favorite moment in the performance of Symphony No. 3 "Don Quixote".

- Program Note by publisher


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

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Gemberling, conductor) – 21 April 2019
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 20 April 2017
  • Austin (Texas) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) – 6 May 2016
  • Queensland Wind and Brass – 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Perusal score
  • Smith, R.; Cervantes, M. (2008). Sancho and the Windmills : From Symphony no. 3, Don Quixote [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.