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Spirit of the Sequoia

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $190.00   |   Score Only (print) - $23.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When Philip Sparke composed this piece he tried to create a work that characterized man’s ability to overcome personal tragedy and the feeling of serenity gained when the tragedy is forgotten. To do this he decided to use the analogy of the sequoia, a generic name for the huge redwood trees, particularly the Californian redwood. The remarkable life cycle of these amazing trees involves them dropping seeds to the ground which require heat, such as a ferocious forest fire, to re-grow. In a similar way, the human spirit can actually gain from setbacks - we become stronger after adversity.

The music falls into sections which can broadly be characterized as doubt, conflict, catharsis, inner calm and finally triumph.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by Dr. Robert Oertli for his family and the Musikgesellschaft Möhlin.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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