Encomium for the Courageous composed by Nolan Schmit. For concert band. Bandworks. Grade 4. Score and set of parts. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WB340).
Inspired by the tragic loss of the astronauts abroad the space shuttle Columbia, Encomium for the Courageous is a mature work celebrating their heroism and valor. Beginning with a memorial based on "taps," the music leads into a heroic fanfare, then into the "courageous theme" portraying resilience and persistence. The fourth "hymn" section is intended as a prayer for the lost, and is followed by a brilliant reprise of the "courage" theme. Expect the audience to explode with applause.