Running Downwind


Running Downwind


Sciaino, Peter

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C. Alan Publications

This uplifting and catchy selection will create lasting images for players and audiences alike as they embark on a sailing journey for the ages. With magically lyrical melodies and lively rhythmic motives, Running Downwind is sure to add a festive splash of vibrant color to most any concert program!

Program Notes

The art of sailing has propelled humanity for thousands of years. This form of harnessing wind to move ships throughout the seas has shaped our civilizations while also providing thrilling rides and experiences for those who continue to master “the point of sail.” The term Running Downwind refers to when the wind is coming from directly behind the boat and the sail catches the speed of the air. This selection inspires a similar sense of motion using a stimulating 3/4 feel. Tempo changes and transition material suggest a sailing journey while the melodies and countermelodies throughout communicate the joy and wonder of limitless exploration.

Grade Level: 2.5
Copyright: 2020
Duration: 3:30

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Oboe (opt. Flute 2)
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Clarinet 1
B-flat Clarinet 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

B-flat Trumpet 1
B-flat Trumpet 2
F Horn
B-flat Baritone T.C.

Timpani (3 drums)
Mallet Percussion [2 players]: Bells, Xylophone [optional]
Percussion 1 & 2: Snare Drum, Bass Drum
Percussion 3 & 4: Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals, Hi-Hat, 2 Concert Toms, Triangle [Perc. 4 optional]