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For Precious Friends Hid in Death’s Dateless Night

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Martin Mailman

Martin Mailman

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General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 20:26
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00


1. Mournful Hymns Did Hush the Night - 6:40
2. Broken Loops of Buried Memories - 6:27
3. Which By and By Black Night Doth Take Away - 7:19


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Program Notes

A major contribution (and ABA/Ostwald composition winner) from this respected composer, these three movements are inspired (and titled after stanzas of) William Shakespeare's sonnets. Calling for harp, piano, and active mallet percussion, the work covers a wide gamut of stylings, from delicate hymn, to motivic fragments (over a bass marimba ostinato), to the soaring, ethereal beauty of a solo soprano vocalise (reminding one of incredible Ennio Morricone moments) rising above an exciting, loud conclusion. An ambitious work but not beyond the reach of advanced bands/wind ensembles.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AAs
  • Louisiana: V
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mailman, M.; Shakespeare, W. (1990). For Precious Friends Hid in Death's Dateless Night: Op. 80: For Symphonic Winds [score]. Ludwig Music: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 671-681.