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Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

Tales from the Darklands, Part 2

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
C Instruments (Treble Clef)

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Mallets
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Saxophones
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Clarinets
  • E-flat Saxophones

F Instruments

  • Horn in F

C Instruments (Bass Clef, High)

  • Bassoon
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • String Bass
  • Cello

C Instruments (Bass Clef, Low)

  • Tuba

Piano (or Synthesizer) (optional)
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Wind Chimes

Backing tracks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

About Tales from the Darklands

A few years back, I created a narrative work for concert band entitled Darklands Symphony, which told the tale of several characters and places that I have created over the years in my imagination through stories, art, and, finally, music. All of the pieces were at the grade II-II-1/2 level, and were very well received. I thought I was done with the Darklands.

I was wrong.

New stories and new figures have populated that world, and I felt drawn to the subject matter again. Thus, we are beginning a whole new volume, titled Tales from the Darklands. Unlike the Symphony, the “Tales” series will not be one long story but, rather, small individual tales that give more back story and depth to the Darklands universe. Also, the entire “Tales” series will be written at the grade I-I-1/2 level, opening up the Darklands to a whole new level of players.

The Lake of Sorrows

Once, there was a goddess who roamed the forests that border the Darklands. One day, a mortal man wandered into her domain, and she fell in love with him on sight. For a time, they lived happily. As the years passed, however, she remained beautiful and young, but he aged, as all mortals do. Upon his death, the goddess was so overcome with grief that her tears formed a lake. To this day, all who foolishly wander too close to the Lake of Sorrows are drawn into its dark waters … but they do not die. They stand on the lake bed, looking upwards and weeping, as the eternal storms thunder and roil overhead.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

While each part may be used for any instrument in that key, the instruments listed are suggested for the best overall sound and range compatibility.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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