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Encomium for the Courageous

By Nolan Schmit

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Concert band - Grade 4
Composed by Nolan Schmit. Bandworks. Score and set of parts. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WB340).

Item Number: 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.

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