When the Spirit Soars

Music is perhaps unique among the performing arts in its ability to express and convey the subtlest nuances of human emotion 

This ability is exploited in When the Spirit Soars which attempts to capture in music the feeling of extreme happiness, sometimes almost too much to bear, that we all experience at one time or another. Often this happiness can be tinged with sadness (we can cry with joy, after all) and it is this conflict of emotions which this piece describes. There are moments of doubt as the piece progresses, but it ends in undiluted joy.

Performance note: the two passages (bars 24 and 27) marked quasi cadenza, for trumpet and clarinet respectively, should be treated with freedom and rubato by the soloists; the conductor and band should accompany here with flexibility.