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When Spirits Soar

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Crystal Water Glasses (2)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

When Spirits Soar was commissioned by director Jim Pennington and the Douglas S. Freeman High School Concert Band. The title is significant in that it carries a double meaning. The first meaning refers to the celebration at having reached the fiftieth anniversary of the school. It describes the outer sections of the piece, which abound with energy and excitement.

The second meaning refers to a tragic time in history of the school when two seniors were killed in a car accident. The following morning, seniors were told of what had happened. The band was scheduled to perform that night but their director told them that, given the circumstances, they were not required to perform. But everyone decided to perform, and the results were one of the most emotionally powered performances the band has ever had. The tragedy, struggle, and resolve are portrayed in the lyrical section of the piece. A soft and ethereal section uses several effects to convey the presence of these and other spirits in our lives.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP III
  • Oregon: Required Band List 4A
  • Tennessee: IV


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Balmages, B. (2005). When Spirits Soar [score]. The FJH Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.