From Wind Repertory Project
William Owens

William Owens

Subtitle: The Sacred Four

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: I 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $40.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute (optional recorder)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Floor Tom
  • Maracas
  • Rainstick
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Explore the mystical history of the Zia Pueblo Indians in this stalwart work. The mysterious solo at the beginning can be played on the recorder to give authenticity to the music. The steadfast "march" section is rich in harmony, while tribal drums and maracas add to the excitement.

- Program Note from publisher

The Zia sun symbol originated with the Native American Zia Pueblo Indians located in New Mexico. The design reflects their tribal philosophy that all things in the universe share a common harmony. The four directions of the symbol are of great spiritual significance to the Zia, as they believe man has four sacred obligations: a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a deep regard for the welfare of others. In 1925, New Mexico adopted the Zia symbol as the official insignia of its state flag.

The work opens with a haunting recorder (flute) solo with the effect of wind blowing leaves fluttering in the background. A robust, harmonically rich tribal song is heard with the beat of drum, maracas and “marching” adding to the drama. The music climaxes briefly before the tribal recorder solo is heard once again, ending as mysteriously as it began.

Zia was commissioned by the Keller Middle School Wind Ensemble, Keller, Texas. Dedicated to Mr. Steve Winslow for his love and support of the students and staff.

- Program Note by the Antoinette Reading Junior High School Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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