Dueling Dragons by R. W. Smith. Concert band. Young Concert Band. Sound Foundations Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR362). Grade 0.5. Score and set of parts. Composed 2009. Duration 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.023-3858-00).
Inspired by a rollercoaster ride as enjoyed by composer Robert W. Smith and his children, "Dueling Dragons" features two distinct groups of instruments. The brass and select percussion represent "Fire" with the woodwinds and metallic percussion representing "Ice." The duel between the two includes interacting melodic lines and intense effects leading to a very exciting conclusion. Exciting and educationally rich with teaching opportunities, "Dueling Dragons" will be one of those pieces that your students ask to play over and over. Let the fun begin!