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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


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

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


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

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

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


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  • Smith, R. (2000). To Challenge the Sky and Heaven Above [score]. Belwin-Mills Pub.: [United States]