Robert Sheldon (b.1954)

The Message on the Rock

Sample score

young symphonic band series

for: Youth concert band, narrator

Score, Parts

Item no.678106
Author/ComposerRobert Sheldon
Scope258 pages
Duration4:15 minutes
Publisher/ProducerAlfred Music
Producer No.ALF0022278
76.00 €
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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The musical inspiration for this piece came from the scenes and speeches on a rock emblazoned with battle scenes.

The piece opens with a military-sounding march that leads to a solemn section over which a narrator reads the speeches seen on the rock while a muted trumpet plays "Taps" in the background. The initial march then returns, with fragments of numerous patriotic melodies juxtaposed with the original melody, coming to an exciting ending.


  • Score
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Clarinet 1
  • B-flat Clarinet 2
  • E–flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone 1
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone 2
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet 1
  • B-flat Trumpet 2
  • F Horn
  • Trombone 1
  • Trombone 2
  • Baritone T.C.
  • Baritone B.C.
  • Tuba
  • Bells
  • Cymbals
  • Percussion
  • Timpani