The Witch and The Saint by Steven Reineke is a piece composed for Symphonic Band from a story describing the lives of Helena and Sibylla, twin sisters born in Germany in the late 16th century. The piece has five distinct parts and has become an audience and band favorite, although the story behind it has been somewhat forgotten.

This is a musical poem, composed in 2004. Overall, it is an epic piece - anyone listening without knowing the story behind it would get the impression of a melancholic story being told through powerful musical phrases.

The piece begins with a thunderous trio of timpani. A Gregorian chant-like motif follows quietly and builds throughout the wind instrument section. The somber, ominous feeling is broken suddenly by a melody portrayed by an oboe or flute solo, while the bells join in after the new mood is established. This melody is recurrent and returns three more times throughout the piece. This first time, the melody is very airy. The eight-bar solo ends with the return of the eerie feeling before the whole band crescendos enormously.

From here the piece accelerates dramatically. The primary melody is established by the first flutes, and the texture builds from here, growing progressively uncomfortable. The climax of the section sounds very medieval and reaches an entirely new altitude, not seen again in this piece. 

The tempo and speed of the piece slow down, and the slow melody is repeated here, this time in a lower pitch and in the first flutes. To accompany this, a horn melody is introduced, followed again by the previous melody in a different key.

The reminiscent fast section begins again - this time at a different key, with an altered melody. This section is much less aggressive, but harbors a different kind of speed, the emphasis on the low sections of the band as opposed to the higher sections of the first time.

The final section of the piece comes with the final occurrence of the slow melody. Notice that the previous tempos evoked sadness, hopelessness, and loneliness. This time it is heroic and full of hope. The band is playing with a thicker variety of textures and countermelodies. The piece, which now seems to end on a happy note, drops the heroism and some angry, thunderous notes roar suddenly and fade into a melancholy echo of the beginning.