They Took Flight (2004)

violin, cello, Bb clarinet, vibraphone

4 min. 45 sec.

They Took Flight was inspired by the 100-year anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first successful flight. These pioneers of aviation first got their airplane off the ground in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17th, 1903. Although that first historic flight lasted for only 12 seconds, this piece captures the essence of that moment after leaving the ground — the freedom and sense of wonder at being propelled up into the skies.


Sheet music is available through the Canadian Music Centre.