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Transcendent Journey

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Rossano Galante

Rossano Galante

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon 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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Sand Blocks
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • All horns, m.37: Missing 16th rest at the beginning of the bar.

Program Notes

With the first sounds of Transcendent Journey, I wanted to create a big, powerful, exhilarating chord that would grab the listener right away. The introduction is the beginning our "journey" and gives a melodic hint, stated by horns, to the heroic main theme. The main theme should evoke not only the heroic quality of the melody, but also its beauty. This was suited perfectly for the trumpets. The listener should feel as though they can accomplish anything, no matter how challenging. I feel this is a melody that transcends all my others. The same theme is then stated in the horns and woodwinds, accompanied with rhythmic hits by the rest of the ensemble creating a stalwart sound.

Then a short B section is introduced, performed by piccolo and oboe with delicate accompaniment. Note the light relaxed feeling of joy in this section in contrast to the heroic material in the opening.

Following the B section, the main theme returns, this time played by flutes, capturing the sensitive aspects of the heroic theme. We now move into the slower section of the composition. This warm melody is almost wistful with a sad, yearning quality. It is repeated three times, each getting stronger, emotional and very climactic.

The final section is a fast-paced version of the introduction that includes extensive percussion and woodwind ostinati. Exhilaration and achievement is what I am trying to convey here. We finally complete our "journey" with a slower, grand statement of the main theme performed by trumpets and trombones. The piece ends with tutti ensemble bringing the "transcendent journey" to an end.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Maryland: VI
  • South Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 26 April 2022
  • Grove City College (Grove City, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew S. Erb, conductor) – 9 October 2020
  • Salt Lake Symphonic Winds (Salt Lake City, Utah) ( Thomas P. Rohrer, conductor) – 15 October 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 14 October 2019
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 1 October 2019
  • W.D. Packard Band (Warren, Ohio) (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • Fresno State University Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) – 16 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, Mass.) Symphonic Winds (Dominick J. Ferrara, conductor) – 9 May 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Concert Band (Michael Griffith, conductor) – 12 February 2018
  • DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.) Band (Craig Paré, conductor) – 1 October 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 12 April 2017
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Brandon Waring, conductor) – 31 March 2017
  • California All-State High School Symphonic Band (Peter Boonshaft, conductor) – 19 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Alumni Concert Band (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 5 June 2016
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) – 2 March 2016
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) – 7 June 2015
  • Massachusetts All-State Band (Peter Loel Boonshaft, conductor) – 2015
  • Central Winds (Syracuse, N.Y.): A Music Educators' Wind Ensemble (Andrew Perry, conductor) – 19 December 2009 (2009 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Galante, R. (2010). Transcendent Journey: [Concert Band] [score]. Associated Music Publishers: Milwaukee, Wisc.