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Springtime Ride

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Erika Svanoe

Erika Svanoe

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Swan Maiden Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


Full Score
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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Springtime Ride evokes the excitement, happiness, and spirit of adventure of the first bike ride of spring after a long, snowy winter. I wanted to capture the freedom and optimism that has always given me, especially as a kid when bike riding was my independent mode of transportation. I was recently reminded of these feelings while watching the series Stranger Things, which made me think of my two favorite childhood movies, E.T. and The Goonies. All of these have fantastic scenes of kids on bikes, and there may be a bit of a movie score sound in Springtime Rdie due to these influences. At the end of the piece, I picture the kids pedaling off into the sunset.

The work was commissioned through Minnesota Band Directors Association, and premiered by the Encore Wind Ensemble at the MBDA Young Band Literature Session at the MMEA Midwinter Clinic, February 2018, in Minneapolis.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Middle School Ostrander Honor Band (Phillip Ostrander, conductor) - 27 January 2023
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Invitational Honor Symphonic Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 26 March 2022
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham) Wind Symphony (Andrew Boysen, Jr., conductor) - 14 November 2021
  • Buffalo (Minn.) High School Band – Winter 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Erika Svanoe website Accessed 31 March 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 491-492.
  • Perusal score