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for orchestra
or saxophone ensemble

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

Inferno describes the famous fate of the Phoenix bird - its death and rebirth by fire. It begins with a frenzied build that yields to a moto perpetuo theme of running 16th notes, ducking and dodging and heating up. Eventually, it explodes into a rhythmically charged section, punctuated by various percussive sounds and a syncopated interplay between many individuals in the ensemble. The running moto perpetuo idea returns after a sizzling encounter with growls and tongue slaps, and proceeds to a massive chorale. From this point until the end, the music swirls and burns as the Phoenix bird is engulfed in an out-of-control blaze of glory.

Duration: ca 5'

    Orchestra Instrumentation
  • 1 Piccolo, 1 Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 Bassoons
  • 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in C, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba
  • Timpani, 3 Percussion
  • Piano/Celesta, Strings
    Saxophone Ensemble Instrumentation
  • 2 Soprano Saxophones
  • 2 Alto Saxophones
  • 2 Tenor Saxophones
  • 2 Baritone Saxophones
  • 1 Bass Saxophone (or a 3rd Baritone Saxophone)
  • Any parts may be doubled

Watch Inferno performed by the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Aaron King Vaughn on February 2, 2019

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If you are interested in performing the orchestral version of Inferno, please contact me to arrange a rental. To purchase the saxophone ensemble version, it is available from Murphy Music Press.

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