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Paul Murtha

Paul Murtha

Subtitle: Where Giants Lie Sleeping

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed as a tribute to generations of American servicemen and women buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., this powerful and emotional work is a fitting addition to any memorial occasion or patriotic concert. Offstage trumpets announce the opening theme, followed by reverent strains and a solemn statement of My Country, 'Tis of Thee. The piece develops and builds gradually, reaching a heroic climax with the familiar hymn God of Our Fathers before returning to a quiet and reflective mood as the offstage trumpets return.

- Program Note from publisher

Subtitled “Where Giants Lie Sleeping," this powerful commissioned work provides a moving tribute to generations of American servicemen and women buried at Arlington National Cemetary, who selflessly served and sacrificed in defense of our country. The majestic opening section, Memorial Gate, paints a musical portrait of the cemetery’s beauty and significance with solemn off-stage solos by two trumpets conveying a sense of honor and reflection. Remaining melodic material is drawn from My Country ‘Tis of Thee and God of Our Fathers as the piece conveys a range of emotions reflecting courage, strength, heroism, and sacrifice before reaching a poignant conclusion. Expertly scored, the piece features attractive timbres, appealing textures, melodic opportunities for several sections, effective dynamic contrasts, solos for clarinet, bassoon, and trumpet, and well-conceived percussion writing.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, April 2014, p. 39-40.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (East Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) – 17 March 20189
  • Kings Park Concert Band (Fairfax, Va.) (Rich Bergman, conductor) – 5 November 2017
  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (David Klee, conductor) – 11 June 2017
  • Fresno (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Robert Nielsen, conductor) – 28 May 2017
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 8 November 2015
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 4 July 2015
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) 10 May 2014
  • Band of the 15th Regiment, RCA - 2013

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