From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

Subtitle: Chorale for Ursula

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00

Instrumentation (Adaptable)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • F Horn

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Piano (optional)

  • Timpani
  • Crotales (or Glockenspiel)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lookfar: Chorale for Ursula is inspired by the imaginative works of Ursula K. LeGuin, one of America’s greatest authors of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction who passed away in 2018. "Lookfar” is the name of a small boat used by the protagonist of A Wizard of Earthsea who sails to the many islands and exotic ports of LeGuin’s novels. Her works, the Earthsea books in particular, are remarkable to me for their depth of feeling and humanity as well as an undying sense of hope and optimism.

My short chorale is a loving tribute to little Lookfar and its lonely passenger, struggling to find his way in a sprawling sea filled with terrors, wonders, and joys.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

1. Smaller noteheads in Part 5 for bass clarinet, baritone saxophone and trombone/euphonium/bassoon should be played only if a tuba is also present.
2. The notation "one player" should be interpreted by the conductor to create a thinner timbre than the "tutti" passages. It should not necessarily be taken literally, rather whichever doubling or combination produces a sufficiently transparent texture.
3. Mutes in trumpet and trombone parts are suggestions and can be omitted for smaller ensembles.
4. Brass instruments may rest from 31-39 if sufficient woodwinds are doubling their parts.
5. All solos are at the discretion of the conductor.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Morehead (Ky.) State University Concert Band (DuWayne Dale, conductor) - 16 November 2023
  • Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Bowen, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • Miami (Ohio) University Symphony Band (Brooke H. Johnson, conductor) - 23 March 2021
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Symphonic Winds (T. André Feagin, conductor) - 8 March 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 23 February 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Symphony Band (Alex Mazur, conductor) - 13 December 2020
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Tuesday Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 8 December 2020

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