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To Challenge the Sky and Heavens Above

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 5:27
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gourd, Large Beaded
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by and dedicated to Mr. Tom Mitchell and the Challenger Middle School Band, Huntsville, AL.

-Program Note from score


Drawing upon the vision and bravery of those who take to the skies, the majestic hymn-like introduction, soaring lines and energetic rhythms of this Robert W. Smith original overture was inspired by our country's rich aerospace history. At times heroic, at times reflective, this refreshing work delivers innovative tonalities and textures as well as intriguing melodic content.

-Program Note from publisher


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: III
  • Minnesota: III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: III


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Robert W. Smith website Accessed 6 September 2021
  • Smith, R. (2000). To Challenge the Sky and Heaven Above [score]. Belwin-Mills Pub.: [United States]