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Gift of Music, The

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David H. Eshelman

David H Eshelman

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c.10:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
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
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Log Drum
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Professor Eshelman’s program notes read, in part:

“ mother and father made it a point to encourage each of us to look far and wide, and to independently follow the paths that made us happy. This simple philosophy was an incredible gift to us. One that, for me, became the gift of music. The Gift of Music is a piece of celebration: an attempt to express the challenge, the energy and the joy music has brought to my life. It includes two hymns that I heard weekly throughout my childhood in Illinois: Holy, Holy, Holy and Old One Hundredth (also known as the Doxology). They hold a deep significance of childhood, family, church and community. I thank my parents for their gifts of support and independence which in turn led me to the gift of music.”

The work is dedicated to the memory of Dave’s mother, Lilian Marie Eshelman (who passed away during the composition of the piece), and to his father.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


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