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Teaching the World to Play


For Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
Brian Balmages
Grade 6

This concerto for soprano saxophone and wind ensemble is based on the tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission, in which a fire swept through the command module during a preflight test on January 27, 1967. All three astronauts onboard were killed, including Gus Grissom, the commander. This work makes extensive use of contemporary sounds and effects, seeking to portray the events of that day as experienced by Grissom himself (the work is dedicated to the memory of Grissom). Absolutely stunning writing for both soloist and ensemble, this work is a wonderful addition to the repertoire. (12:30)

Item No.
Full Set: CM7004 140.00
Score Only: CM7004S 5.00