Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Purcell)

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky

General Info

Year: 1694 / 1992
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Duration: c. 8:55
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It was at the suggestion of Esa-Pekka Salonen that I transcribed this music of Purcell for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. I used three of the pieces heard at the funeral of Mary II of England, who died of smallpox on December 28, 1694: a solemn march, the anthem In the Midst of Life We Are in Death, and a canzona in imitative polyphonic style. In working on the project I did not try to achieve a pure, musicological reconstruction but, on the contrary, to regard Purcell's music, which I love deeply, through the lens of three hundred intervening years. Thus, although most of this version is straightforward orchestration of the Purcell originals, there are moments when Purcell drifts out of focus.

My version was first performed in Los Angeles on February 6, 1992.

Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • The University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony (Andrew Hunter, conductor) - 29 September 2022
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  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 19 February 2021
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • Manhattan School of Music (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Fitzgerald, conductor) - 18 September 2019
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (George Schrader, conductor) – 16 April 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductors) – 7 November 2017
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  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 15 October 2017
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