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Wayne Oquin

Wayne Oquin

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wayne Oquin
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $395.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Cymbal scrape
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong, large
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Wayne Oquin delves into the contradictions of human nature and experience in response to a thought conveyed by Aaron Copland: “To affirm the world is meaningless unless one also affirms the tragic reality which is at the core of existence. To live on -- to develop means, as I see it, to enter always more and more deeply into the very essence of tragic reality.”

That these lines were written in a private letter by one of America’s foremost composers, one known for his optimistic populist works, is eye opening. Though Copland intended this description for his own dark and sinister Piano Variations, the meaning of his words -- that it is impossible to affirm life without also considering the tragic -- serves as the impetus for my own Affirmation, a ten-minute reflection on a wide range of often conflicting emotions that encompass the human condition: life and death; love and loss; darkness and light.

At no point in the work are these extremities juxtaposed side by side; but rather, they gradually materialize. While the music travels far in terms of its range of register, harmony, and dynamic, it does so almost imperceptibly, as one long arc from beginning to end.

Affirmation is dedicated to the American Bandmaster’s Association and to The University of Florida Bands with much appreciation for their continued support. I’m also indebted to Col. Larry Lang and The United States Air Force Band for giving an astounding world premiere.

- Program Note by composer


  • NBA/William D. Revelli Composition Contest, winner, 2014.


State Ratings

Florida: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Butler, Michael S. "Affirmation." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 475-488. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Wayne Oquin website Accessed 12 September 2017