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Rick Kirby

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 desired)

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 from publisher

Each movement of this composition represents several of the different manners in which the human voice produces sound and becomes a vehicle of communication – therefore the title Different Voices. Except for the whispering in the second movement, the piece does not attempt to simulate the actual sound of the human voice but rather attempts to depict the spirit by which that sound is produced.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphonic Band concert program, 30 September 2021


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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.