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Spirits Awake

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Bill Calhoun

Bill Calhoun

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I
Oboe (optional Flute II)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This engaging composition will stir the imaginations of performers and listeners alike. The piece begins with a dark, mysterious opening section that includes high woodwinds mimicking the sounds of birds at twilight. Percussion parts then dramatically awaken the spirit world, introducing a dance-like main theme, stated first by the clarinet section, and this conjures up images of spirits dancing and playing in the moonlight. A short contrasting section leads to a trumpet statement of the main theme accompanied by a playful counter line in the high woodwinds. A calm, softer contrasting section is interrupted by a bold trumpet melody signaling the arrival of an opposing force. As this section fades, the clarinet spirits reappear. The piece then revisits earlier material as it proceeds to an unexpected, abrupt ending.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Ohio: OMEA Junior High School Band B
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class C


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.4 (2015): 43. Print