Love Songs

From Wind Repertory Project
Scott McAllister

Scott McAllister

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lydmusic
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $350.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Congas
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba (2)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Taiko Drum, Low (or Field Drum)
  • Tom-Toms
  • Vibraphone (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Love Songs is a work inspired by three different types of love. Agape, also called parental love, is one of several Greek words translated into English as love. Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, and thoughtful love. Although the word does not have specific religious connotation, the word has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical authors and Christian authors who explain that this love is the greatest love.

Philia is the brotherly love, a love of friendship and one’s love and dedication to a profession. This movement was especially inspirational to the composer and inspired by Philip Wharton, who was McAllister’s high school band director. Eros in Greek mythology was the primordial god of physical love, beauty and chaos. The music emulates fast, wild and disjunct gestures along with a 12-tone theme McAllister used in many works during high school and early college. This work is in one movement starting with the Agape music, Philia, Eros and back to Agape.

- Program Note from publisher

McAllister's inspiration for writing Love Songs is in honor of the retirement of his Lake Gibson High School band director, Phillip Wharton. He also drew inspiration from John Carmichael, now director of bands at the University of South Florida. The work was premiered by the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble at the 2010 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference at the University of Mississippi.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jagow, Shelley M. "Love Songs for Symphonic Band." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 582-597. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.