From Wind Repertory Project
Viet Cuong

Viet Cuong

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Viet Cuong Music, through Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $350.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes (optional)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba I-II
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For a long time after my father passed away, I felt like I had “lost my leaves.” In the way that leaves harness light to create energy for trees and plants, I felt like I had so little left to harness creatively. Many days I feared those leaves would never grow back. After struggling for months to write, I finally found some healing while creating Deciduous. This involved revisiting chord progressions that brought me solace as a child and activating them in textures that I have enjoyed exploring as an adult. The piece cycles through these chord progressions, building to a moment where it’s stripped of everything and must find a way to renew itself. While I continue to struggle with this loss, I have come to understand that healing is not as much of a linear process as it is a cyclical journey, where, without fail, every leafless winter is following by a spring.

Thank you to the Florida Bandmasters Association for commissioning Deciduous in 2023.

- Program Note by composer


  • NBA/William D. Revelli Composition Award, 2023, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Symphonic Winds (Jay Jacobs, conductor) – 2 March 2024 (CBDNA 2024 Southern Division Conference, Memphis, Tenn.)
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) – 14 October 2023
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Robert Hickey, conductor) - 4 October 2023
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 13 April 2023
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) - 12 April 2023
  • Florida All-State Symphonic Band (Emily Threinen, conductor) - January 2023 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Syzygy (Flex instrumentation) (2019/2020)

All Wind Works