December Lullaby

From Wind Repertory Project
Roger Zare

Roger Zare

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Roger Zare Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I grew up in Florida and never experienced the harshness or the beauty of winter until I was in my 20s. Now that I have lived farther north for over a decade, I still look forward to seeing the first snowfall each year. It rapidly transforms a bleak autumn landscape into a peaceful and delicate one, covering ragged leafless branches with a rounded cloak of snow. As you listen to this piece, imagine watching the first snow of the season while wrapped in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate next to a crackling fireplace.

Throughout December Lullaby, there is an alternation between intimate chamber-like settings and lush full-ensemble textures. Opening with only a solo flute and piano, numerous woodwind and brass solos follow, repeating the flowing melody as more and more instruments join the texture. The middle section is more agitated and more grand, with colorful and expansive harmonies. Eventually, the return of the first melody is combined with elements from the middle section, but calmness persists through to the end.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Kirsten Hoogstraten, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Band (Daniel Tembras, conductor) - 8 December 2022
  • Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Kaitlin Bove, conductor) - 17 November 2022
  • University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) Concert Band (Robert D. Brown, Jr., conductor) - 4 March 2022
  • National Concert Band of America (Washington, D.C.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Marykate Kuhne, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Roosevelt High School Concert Band (Gregg Abe, conductor) – Spring 2018

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