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Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carpe Ranam / Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in B-flat) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


In measure 35, the Eb clarinet note on the and of beat 4 should be an F instead of a Gb.
In measure 35 of the score, the last note in the flute part is an Ab. The flute 2 part has this notated as a Bbb. The part is incorrect. (this error is not present on Flute parts labeled 2nd. ed., 11/01)
In measure 54, the trumpet 2 note on beat 1 should be an F# instead of F natural (same as clarinet 3).
In measure 93, part and score, the half note in the Alto Sax and Horn 1&2 parts should be dotted.

Program Notes

October is my favorite month. Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle change in light always make me a little sentimental, and as I started to sketch I felt that same quiet beauty in the writing. The simple, pastoral melodies and subsequent harmonies are inspired by the great English romantics (Vaughan Williams and Elgar) as I felt that this style was also perfectly suited to capture the natural and pastoral soul of the season. I'm quite happy with the end result, especially because I feel there just isn't enough lush, beautiful music written for winds.

October was commissioned by the Nebraska Wind Consortium, Brian Anderson, Consortium Chairman. October was premiered on May 14th, 2000, and is dedicated to Brian Anderson, the man who brought it all together.

- Program Note by Eric Whitacre

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: VI. Complete
  • Wisconsin: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Mississippi (Oxford) Wind Ensemble (David Willson, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Concert Band (Jonathan Sweet, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • University of Idaho (Moscow) Wind Ensemble (Jason Johnston, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 2 March 2020
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (A. Douglas Whitten, conductor) – 20 February 2020
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) - 14 February 2020
  • Tualatin (Ore.) Valley Community Band (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Michael Lebrias, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Pershauna Johnson, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Symphonic Band (Steven Zugelder, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Corey Seapy, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 8 October 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • The Seal Lullaby (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ambrose) (2011/2021)
  • Sing Gently (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Mösenbichler-Bryant) (2020/2021)

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