Music Appreciation: Soarin’ by Jerry Goldsmith

Lori Archer Sutherland

Lori Archer Sutherland earned a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She composes, performs, and teaches clarinet. She plays bass clarinet with the Crystal Lake Community Band and the Woodstock City Band, clarinet with Winds Off the Lake Woodwind Quintet, and is the founder and organizer of the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, where she plays an even bigger clarinet. Check out her site and podcast at tonaldiversions.com

2 Responses

  1. Tom Crawford says:

    I was sorry to read that Jerry Goldsmith had passed. As a horn player myself I love when a composer seems to really understand how and what to write for horns.

    First heard this piece at Disneyland several years ago when I took my students for a competition. Of course I loved the ride but the music – even in the queue – was captivating.

    I’d love to have my orchestra play it.

    • I love Goldsmith’s music, and am sorry there won’t be more in the future. He definitely knew how to use horns! The music for Soarin’ is such a gorgeous score that I never get tired of hearing it. The ride is closed for refurb right now, and sadly (to me) it’s getting a new movie, which means new music. Here’s hoping it will still be good, but I’ll mourn the loss of my beloved ride.

      I agree that the music needs to be played by live orchestras (and other groups – I’ve considered transcribing it for band). What orchestra are you with?