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Rick Kirby

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Subtitle: A Suite in Three Movements

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 9:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.95


1. The Spoken (Dialogues) - 2:45
2. Whispers - 3:50
3. Voices of Song - 2:05


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

(percussion detail needed)

Players whispering


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This intriguing three-movement work offers interesting contrasts and a level of sophistication not often found at this level, while remaining amazingly playable. Different sections of the band converse musically in the first movement, The Spoken (Dialogues). The second movement, Whispers, opens with a unique tonal effect as band members whisper vocals over a piano accompaniment. As the band joins in, their gentle, lyrical lines create an intimate moment. The piece comes to a rousing conclusion as the third movement, Voices Of Song, celebrates the human voice in song.

- Program Note by publisher

Each movement of this composition instrumentally reflects several of the different manners in which the human voice produces sound and becomes a vehicle of communication. The first movement portrays a dialogue between several groups represented by different sections of the band. The second movement begins quietly, swells to a climactic level, then concludes with the peacefulness of the beginning. The final movement is a joyous celebration of the human voice's ability to sing.

- Program Note by Boosey & Hawkes

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Tennessee: IV


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Kirby, R. (2002). Different Voices : A Suite in Three Movements [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.