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Exultant Heart, The

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Jess Langston Turner

Jess Langston Turner

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Exultant Heart is a piece about the joy that true love brings to one's life. The main theme of the piece contains melodic material from two of classical music's greatest love themes (in the composer's opinion): The melody of Schumann's song Widmung, which is a testament of love to Clara Wieck, who was to become his wife, and the recurring theme which represents the woman of the composer's affections in Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. The middle section is a lively dance which alludes to a rustic wedding dance complete with drum and tamborine. After a climax, the first theme returns in a chorale-like setting, while the dance rhythm continues over it. The music gradually settles down to return to the mood of the opening of the piece while chimes improvise like church bells fading into the distance.

The Exultant Heart was commissioned by Demosthenes Dimitrakoulakos for the Symphonic Band of the International School of Luxembourg as a anniversary gift for his wife, Maria Giannakopoulou-Dimitrakoulakou.

- Program Note from score


  • Winner of the NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Contest, 2016.


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • East Texas Baptist University (Marshall) Symphonic Band (Nathan G. Phillips, conductor) - 3 March 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 24 October 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Pham, Danh T. "The Exultant Heart." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 459-463. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.