Lullaby to the Moon

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Many works of fiction portray the moon as a living being. Particularly in children's books, one can find countless illustrations of the moon with a face on it, experiencing a wide array of emotions. This piece was written from the perspective of the "living moon" – alone in space while looking at the Earth. The music portrays the sometimes lonely feeling of the moon, away from all the life on Earth. There are also moments of comfort as the moon proudly watches over us, almost as a parent watches over his or her children from a distance. Despite feeling alone throughout the day, the moon emerges at night to light the sky and make us feel safer on those darkest of nights. This lullaby is my own personal way of returning the favor.

Lullaby to the Moon was commissioned by Christopher Yee and the Four Points Middle School Wind Ensemble (Austin, Texas) for their performance at the 2015 Midwest Clinic.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Lindsay Sandberg, conductor) 26 February 2021
  • University of Texas (Austin) Orange Concert Band (Jonathan Villela, conductor) – 22 April 2019
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 2 April 2018
  • Four Points Middle School (Austin, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Susan Scarborough, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic) - *Premiere Performance*

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