Forgotten Children (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter Meechan

Peter Meechan

Subtitle: For Adaptable Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass ensemble
Publisher: Meechan Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Adaptable Band)

SATB parts for:

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
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal




None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Whilst originally conceiving the piece, the subject of the war in Syria dominated news headlines, specifically the refusal by Western nations to intervene. There were, of course, political reasons at the heart of the decision, complicated by a situation that no one understood in a country no one understands. The harrowing images of chemical weapons being used on children was seemingly not enough to persuade the West that their help was needed, but those silent voices fell on even deafer ears. They were, and still are, the Forgotten Children.

Originally written for Exit Brass. Reworked as part of the Creative Repertoire Initiative.

- Program Note from score

As part of the Creative Repertoire Initiative I have written/re-worked several pieces that are for an adaptable/flexible ensembles (for band and string instruments) a response to the challenges to music performance and education that have been created by the COVID19 pandemic. The idea behind these pieces is that, no matter the issues we face moving in to the 2020/21 academic year, there will be repertoire for players of all levels to learn and play together, be it in person, a hybrid-model, etc.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Each piece has been arranged into four voices (S,A,T,B) and scored so that each instrument in your ensemble can play any part (i.e., flute 1 - 4, French Horn 1 - 4, Tuba 1 – 4, etc.). There are optional percussion parts in every piece and several of the pieces also have optional piano parts. There are also works with electronics too! Also included in the set will be a score for each instrument (e.g., a 4-part score for trombone, a 4-part score for clarinet, etc.), as well as a score in C complete with all of the percussion parts. Experimentation with, and exploring of, instrumentation, colours, and textures is encouraged, and octave changes, where appropriate, are possible.

There are two sets of parts: SATB and alternative SATB (which is less difficult). Both sets are interchangeable (i.e., you can perform instruments 1, 2, and 4 from the more advanced parts and instrument 3 from the alternative parts if required). Practicing to the click track will help form a greater knowledge, and more accurate performance, of the piece.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Can.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Hopkins, conductor) – 17 October 2021
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) - 5 April 2021 (Virtual)
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Adam Friedrich, conductor) - 9 March 2021
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) - 5 December 2020
  • Marshall University (Huntington, W. Va.) Wind Symphony (Adam Dalton, conductor) - 19 November 2020

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