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Goodnight Moon

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Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre (arr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant)

General Info

Year: 2011 / 2017
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Solo Voice
Flute I-II-III
Bassoon I-II
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 I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone

Set includes solo parts for flute, oboe, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, euphonium, violin and cello


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Over the past few years I must have read Goodnight Moon to my son a thousand times -- maybe more. Somewhere around reading number 500, I began hearing little musical fragments as I read, and over time those fragments began to blossom into a simple, sweet lullaby. I knew it was a long shot, but I asked my manager, Claire Long, to contact HarperCollins and see if they would allow the text to be set to music. To my surprise and delight they agreed -- the first time they had ever allowed Goodnight Moon to be used in such a way.

I composed the piece relatively quickly, originally setting the text for harp, string orchestra, and my son's mother, soprano Hila Plitmann. I later arranged Goodnight Moon for SATB choir and piano. More recently, my dear friend Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant arranged the piece for wind ensemble and soloist.

The melody of Goodnight Moon will forever make me think of those quiet nights, reading my son to sleep.

- Program Note by composer

Goodnight Moon is an American children's picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was published on September 3, 1947, and is a highly acclaimed example of a bedtime story. It features a bunny saying "good night" to everything around: "Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon ...".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's) Wind Ensemble (Bill Brennan, conductor; Erin Lee, soprano) - 4 April 2023
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Brendan Boyle, conductor) - 17 February 2023
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor; Jessica Beebe, soprano) - 12 December 2022
  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holton, conductor; Jilian McGreen, soprano) - 11 December 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor; Jianing Li, soprano) - 7 December 2022
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Wind Symphony (Bruce Moss, conductor; Carolyn Anderson, soprano) - 20 September 2022
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Michael S. Butler, conductor; Misook Yun, soprano) - 25 April 2022
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Shawn Smith, conductor; Jennifer Youngs, soprano) - 5 April 2022
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Rebekah Daniel, conductor; Mishelle Cipriani, soprano) - 9 November 2021
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Trevor Butts, conductor; Natalie Mallis, soprano) – 16 February 2020
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor; Lindsay Kesselman, soprano) – 21 November 2019
  • The Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Symphony (Richard Strauch, conductor; Veronica Scafidi, soprano) - 10 November 2019
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Nils Landsberg, conductor; Penny Hogan, soprano) - 1 October 2019
  • St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mireles, conductor; Meredith Kiesgen-Schilling, soprano) – 30 April 2019
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Derek Stoughton, conductor) - 7 November 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Hila Plitman, soprano) – 30 November 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor; Meredith Achey, soprano) – 15 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor; Cayla Rosché, soprano) – 28 October 2018
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Hila Plitman, soprano) – 18 September 2018
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Concert Band (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor; Anne-Marie Condacse, soprano) – 26 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • The Seal Lullaby (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ambrose) (2011/2021)
  • Sing Gently (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Mösenbichler-Bryant) (2020/2021)

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