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Mission Songs

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Haley Woodrow

Haley Woodrow

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Haley Woodrow
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


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

  • Agogo Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Brass Bells
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell (optional)
  • Log Drum
  • Rattle
  • Shakers
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle (optional)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


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Program Notes

Historically late autumn is a celebration of the end of the harvest, a time to enjoy the fruits of labor, share our abundance with others, and gather to celebrate and exchange our culture and experiences. My goal was to capture the essence of the season, so in the arranging of the two songs in this work, I selected traditional songs with a rich and significant history The first song, Alabado, is a Spanish word that literally translated means “song of thanksgiving”. The second song, Lac qui Parle. is a tune notated and given lyrics by Joseph Renville, whose mother was Sioux Indian and father was French Canadian. The tune is among the world’s most widely known melodies of American Indian origin, and I included it to honor Native Americans. Lac qui Parle literally translates to “lake that talks”, and in addition to being the name of the song, was a mission in which the Sioux Indians’ Dakota language was written and parts of the Bible were translated.

This composition includes the opportunity to use a variety of “found” percussion, specifically brass bells from home. I scavenged these when making the reference recording from my mom’s holiday decorations.

A special thank you to Randy Benton and the Le Mars Community 5th/6th Grade Band for commissioning this work. After thirty-eight years of teaching, Mr. Benton premiered Mission Songs in April of 2022 on his very last concert!

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • H.B. Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kristy L. Dell, conductor) - 18 November 2022
  • Le Mars (Iowa) Community 5th/6th Grade Band (Randy Benton, conductor) – April 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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