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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
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
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


State Ratings

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


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