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Wings That Work


Wings That Work: The Invention of Flight was written in celebration of the dedicated, inventive spirit of Orville and Wilbur Wright. While 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of their first successful powered flight, this piece is not a literal portrait of that single moment, but rather evokes the joy and triumph in success made possible by their years of persistent effort and dedicated belief in flight. Wings That Work celebrates the spirit of scientific inquiry and invention, and the sustained effort required to realize such aspirations.

The music itself is a medium-tempo, stately fanfare in (mostly) 6/8 time.

Genres:   Fanfare

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General Info

Year(s) composed: 2003

Duration: 06:00

Commissioned by: Ed Nagel and the Fairborn High School Band in celebration of the Centennial of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight.


8 May 2003, Fairborn High School Wind Ensemble, Ed Nagel, conductor

Technical Info

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Flute 1-3
Oboe 1-2
Bassoon 1-2
Clarinet in Bb 1-3
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1-2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1-3
Horn in F 1-4
Trombone 1-3
Synthesizer (warm pad sound – optional, but recommended)

Sus. Cym./Bass Drum