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Lamentation for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble

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Steve Danyew

Steve Danyew

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steve Danyew
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $199.99; (digital) - $199.99   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Solo Euphonium
Flute 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
Solo B-flat Trumpet (offstage)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lamentation for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble was commissioned in 2019 by World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, Inc. It will be premiered in February 2020 by the Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble, with Irving Ray as euphonium soloist.

The work was commissioned in memory of Sam Houston State University alumnus Isaiah Ray, a euphoniumist who passed away tragically in 2006, shortly after graduating with his B.M. in Music. Isaiah’s younger brother Irving, also an accomplished euphoniumist, earned a D.M.A and won a position with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” It’s a tragic and yet triumphant story.

We all know what it’s like to remember someone we’ve lost. We wonder if they are out there somewhere looking down on us. Sometimes we remember them with sadness; other times, with hope and joy.

When writing the piece, I thought of the euphonium soloist as the narrator of these memories. The first motive presented by the soloist depicts the phrase, “Isaiah, are you there? Where did you go?” A brief conversation ensues between Irving (euphonium) and his brother Isaiah (solo trumpet).

This musical motive (and the underlying questions, “Isaiah, are you there? Where did you go?”) forms the basis for much of the work. Throughout the piece, the narrator recalls memories of Isaiah accompanied by a range of emotions: joy, sadness, confusion, acceptance. The solo trumpet (Isaiah) introduces music that is more hopeful and uplifting, and as the work progresses, the euphonium soloist begins to adopt more of Isaiah’s music.

The piece builds to a climax, incorporating an original chorale tune. There’s a sense of triumph as well as grief. Toward the end of the piece, the ethereal material from the opening returns, with statements of “Isaiah.” As unsettled as the final chord may be, we are left with a feeling of transcendence and hope.

- Program Note by composer


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