On the Edge of the Sword by David Shaffer. Concert band. Young Concert Band. Command Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR363). Grade 2.5. Score and set of parts. Composed 2009. Duration 3 minutes, 26 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.011-3879-00).
Energetic and intense, "On The Edge Of The Sword" captures the excitement of the legendary sword duels of the ancient warriors. Contemporary writing, driving percussion and flowing melodies combine to produce a dynamically effective musical experience for both your students and your audience. With the careful attention to scoring you have come to expect from David Shaffer, "On The Edge Of The Sword" is guaranteed to make your young musicians sound refined and mature. This exceptional composition will be a great closer for any program and an exciting piece for festival performances.