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In fragile bark, o'er a tempestuous sea, the common harbor...

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Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ragnarok Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
Solo Vibraphone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Rainstick
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (low)
  • Vibraslap


  • Piccolo, m.100-101: Should only have 7 randomized attacks over the two bars, not 8.
  • B-flat Trumpet I, m.99-100: Should only have 7 randomized attacks over the two bars, not 8.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, m.100-101: Should only have 7 randomized attacks over the two bars, not 8.

Program Notes

… in fragile bark, o’er a tempestuous sea, the common harbor … is an instrumental requiem for vibraphone and concert band dedicated to those 49 lives lost during the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. I, along with countless others, wept for those beautiful LGBTQ+ and allied lives cut so senselessly short. Throughout the work there are frequent numerological references to 7, the most noticeable of which is the climactic section of 7 hits repeated 7 times (thus equaling 49) each of which progress from a complex dissonance to a single pitch. The vibraphone serves as commentator, guide, and shepherd for the souls of those senselessly gone and those still living. The title -- a quote from Longfellow’s Old Age -- came after the piece was complete; it matched the structure of the piece perfectly, but more importantly, the tragic irony that those 49 would never reach an old age.

- Program Note by composer


Audio: Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, MO) (Lee Hartman, conductor; John J. Pearse, vibraphone) - 2019
Video: Charlotte Pride Band (Charlotte) (M. David Wallace, conductor; Meredith Butterworth, vibraphone) - 2016

State Ratings

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