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Stone Gardens

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone (optional)

Narrator (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stone Gardens is inspired by the beautiful and peaceful gardens of heroes lost and fallen. Beginning with a solo trumpet that conjures memories of conflicts present and past, the piece continues with a beautiful hymn statement paying homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. A bold and aggressive statement follows with musical inspiration drawn from campaigns and continents around the globe.

- Program Note from publisher

In Norfolk, Virginia, stands a monument to those who have served our country. This memorial is like no other and could be missed even if one is standing next to it. A simple piece of land, the monument doesn’t look special until one notices the ground. Letters written by human hand are seemingly scattered across the ground. These letters were penned by heroes to their loved ones “just in case” they did not make it home. To walk the grounds of this monument is a special experience indeed. To read the final words of these heroes is a lesson in honesty, humility and selfless sacrifice.

Inspired by the Norfolk monument, Stone Gardens is a tribute to all who have served our country. Beginning with a trumpet reminiscent of the lone bugler heralding a hero’s sacrifice, a beautiful flowing chorale surfaces as we think of the heroes, lost and fallen. From the final call of the bugle, we embark on an intense musical journey that conveys the strength, power and bravery of our heroes past, present and future.

- Program Note from The Alabama Winds concert program, 20 December 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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