Apollo's Chariot (5-Part Flex)


Apollo's Chariot (5-Part Flex)


Daughtrey, Nathan

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

You'll want to grab the reins of the nearest chariot when you experience the action of this wonderfully descriptive work. Thundering percussion provides the fuel throughout, even though the parts are well within the playing abilities of this level. Well written and effectively scored, Apollo’s Chariot will have younger groups sounding much more developed and mature.

Program Notes

Apollo, the Greek god of prophesy, music, and healing, served as the inspiration for Apollo's Chariot. One of his daily tasks was to harness his chariot with four horses and drive the sun across the sky. Apollo was also a great warrior, bringing down the mighty Achilles with one of his arrows. For me, these two images set the stage for a dramatic work, with bold (and sometimes dissonant) harmonies and driving rhythms throughout. As the god of music, Apollo was known for playing the lyre and the lute. This more sensitive side of Apollo is represented in the lyricism of the peaceful ballad section at rehearsal m. 55. The peace is overcome by war at rehearsal m. 80, which drives to the exciting conclusion.

The SpectraFlex Series for adaptable wind band offers flexibility with pieces across all grade levels, featuring traditional high-to-low scoring with 5 or 6 parts and optional percussion. Each part is transposed and playable by a multitude of wind or keyboard percussion instruments while maintaining the spectrum of sound we have grown to love about the wind band.

Grade Level: 2.5
Copyright: 2021
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 3:30

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Sample PDF

  • Apollos_Chariot_Flex.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Transposed Score (showing all transposed parts)
    Condensed Score (only "C" parts)

    Adaptable Parts
    (2 copies of each of all parts for each listed instrument)

    Part 1: Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet/Trumpet

    Part 2: B-flat Clarinet/Trumpet, E-flat Alto Saxophone

    Part 3: B-flat Clarinet/Trumpet, E-flat Alto Saxophone, F Horn

    Part 4: B-flat Tenor Saxophone/Bass Clarinet/Baritone TC, F Horn, Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon

    Part 5: B-flat Bass Clarinet, E-flat Baritone Saxophone, Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon, Tuba, Double Bass (optional)

    Percussion Parts
    Timpani (3 drums)
    Percussion 1: Bells, Xylophone
    Percussion 2: Snare Drum, Triangle, Medium Concert Tom, Bass Drum
    Percussion 3: Suspended Cymbal, Woodblock, Tam-Tam, Tambourine