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Song of the Phoenix

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Kevin Wilt

Kevin Wilt

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Whistling Vine Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($250.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Harp I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Concert Tom (4)
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Djembe
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Song of the Phoenix is a symphonic poem that is approached on two metaphoric fronts. One suggests the story of the phoenix bird itself. In the myth, the bird dies in a bright flash of fire, and is then reborn from the ashes it created. The other metaphor is one of urban renewal. Too often we see structures that are torn down in order to quickly build new, usually less interesting buildings in their place. Renovation and preservation have fallen too far down on the list of priorities when it comes to rebuilding our city skylines. My goal with this work is to remind listeners that renewal and renovation can go hand in hand. Buildings can be created from the materials and structures that were there before, adding a historical richness to their modern functionality.

Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra read Song of the Phoenix (for orchestra) on January 30th, 2010 at Orchestra Hall. Carlos Andrés Botero conducted the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra in the premiere performance in March of that same year.

- Program Note by composer

To Dr. Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – March 2011 *Wind Transcription Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Francis, Corey. "Song of the Phoenix." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 1002-1007. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Kevin Wilt website Accessed 20 June 2018
  • Perusal score