Travel Notes 2

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett

Subtitle: For Woodwind Quartet

General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Novello
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $17.99


1. In an Air-Balloon 1:25
2. In a Helicopter 1:10
3. In a Bath-Chair 1:20
4. Car-Chase – 1:10


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Kent-born Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012) is one of the most widely renowned British composers of the 20th Century. His prolific and eclectic and compositional output spanned not only chamber music and symphonies but also solo instrumental works, symphonic wind band compositions and a huge array of film music, for which he was three times Academy Award-nominated. He was also a prodigiously talented jazz pianist and was a regular fixture, alongside singer Claire Martin, at such reputed London jazz venues as The Pheasantry and Ronnie Scott’s.

These diverse musical influences, paired with the technical abilities honed by studies in Paris with his inspirational composition teacher, Pierre Boulez, and united by his innate musical wit, can all be clearly perceived in the almost ‘Poulencian’ writing of his two Travel Notes pieces. The first of these, Bennett composed for string quartet in 1975. The series continued a year later with Travel Notes 2 which exhibited Bennett’s lifelong interest in composing for wind instruments. His comprehensive technical understanding of the diverse timbres and abilities of each of the instruments can clearly be heard throughout, with soaring melodies and complex jazz-inspired passage work abounding throughout the work. No further description of the individual movements is necessary -- he titles of each speak for themselves. This is supremely catchy, ‘light’ music for the listener, which nevertheless, in the careful handling of the various instrumental voices and material, clearly demonstrates the supreme talent and skill of its composer.

- Program Note by Fiona Joyce Myall for liner notes of Métier CD FOUR


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bennett, R. (1980). Travel Notes 2 [score]. Novello: Borough Green, Kent, Eng.