Let My Love Be Heard

From Wind Repertory Project
Jake Runestad

Jake Runestad

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2018
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: SATB choir
Publisher: Jake Runestad
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $110.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally a choral work written for Choral Arts Northwest, this work has taken on a new life in light of the 2015 atrocities in Paris and Beirut. Jonathan Talberg, the conductor of the choir at Cal State Long Beach, led his singers in a performance during the memorial vigil for Nohemi Gonzalez, a Long Beach student who was killed in the Paris attacks. The day after the vigil, the choir was supposed to begin rehearsing holiday music; however, Jonathan felt that was not appropriate and wanted time for the singers to grieve this loss. So, at the beginning of rehearsal, he passed out a brand new piece of music (Let My Love Be Heard), rehearsed it, and then recorded it. It was posted on SoundCloud and shared in memory of Nohemi and as a plea for peace. Their musical offering is a powerful outpouring of grief but also a glimmer of light. I am honored that this piece, Let My Love Be Heard, has helped to provide hope in the darkness of our world. This work is based on the following poem:

A Prayer
by Alfred Noyes

Angels, where you soar
Up to God’s own light,
Take my own lost bird
On your hearts tonight;
And as grief once more
Mounts to heaven and sings,
Let my love be heard
Whispering in your wings.

- Program Note by composer

On the evening of Friday, November 13, 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks happened in the city of Paris, France, and the northern suburb of Sain Denis. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were the perpetrators responsible, killing 130 civilians, with 413 people injured. At age 23, Nohemi Gonzalez was the first confirmed American fatality in those terrorist attacks. A junior design major at Cal State Long Beach, she was spending a semester studying in Paris.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony (Jason Caslor, conductor) - 22 March 2023
  • Las Vegas Academy (Nev.) Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Chorus (Megan Franke, Conductor) - 8 February 2022 (The Smith Center 2022)
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor) - 9 December 2021
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) - 8 October 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • San Jose (Calif.) State University Wind Symphony (David Vickerman, conductor; Ty Carter, bass clarinet; Kyle Hotvedt, clarinet) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Symphony Band (Jason Worzbyt, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Eric LaPrade, conductor) – 1 November 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jake Runestad website Accessed 1 November 2018
  • Perusal score
  • Zembower, Christian. "Let My Love Be Heard." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 405-416. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.