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Shafer Mahoney

Shafer Mahoney

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score & Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $12.95


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa (small metal mounted)
  • Castanets
  • Cymbal (crash, ride and sizzle)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Guiro (metal)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Metal Pipe
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Tambourine (mounted)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sparkle is a rhythmic, celebratory work, about four minutes long. It was commissioned by the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, and first performed by that group in April 1999.

Most sections of Sparkle are lightly scored and focus on a single group of instruments. The first half of the work alternates between solos for the flutes and clarinets. The flute solos are cheerful scales, while the clarinet solos are somewhat darker, but still rhythmically playful. Later, solos are assigned to the trumpets (muted), horns and saxophones. A busy percussion ostinato underlies all of these solo passages. Gradually, these solos grow louder and more melodic; they culminate in a final passage for the entire ensemble and a brief fanfare for brass and percussion.

- Program Note by Shafer Mahoney

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Wind Ensemble (Reed Thomas, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 9 February 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 16 November 2016
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 6 October 2016
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Dennis Hawkins, conductor) – 17 February 2016

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