Of War and Peace

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 14:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental

Movements (may be played without pause)

1. War - 5:20
2. Peace – 8:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III-IV (optional but recommended)
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (or B-flat Bass Saxophone) (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat or C (recommended) Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (optional)
Harp (optional but preferred) Piano/Celesta
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Concert Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Gong (large and small)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Military Field Drum
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Thunder Sheet (large)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block (medium and large)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The composer writes:

Of War and Peace (2017) is my sonic response to the never-ending tragedy of war and the hope for peace. The composition is in two movements performed without pause. The music I have composed for the first movement entitled War is turbulent, relentless and seductive. Swirling woodwind cluster chords charge into a fast-moving requiem performed by brass, saxophones, chimes, timpani and drums. Punctuated by an unyielding woodblock, a provocative polytonal parade morphs into a brutal but seductive march: there are still those who are foolishly attracted to the allure of war and in denial of the suffering it brings to those “in harm’s way”.

The music I have composed for the second movement entitled Peace is calm, longing, and reflective. Bassoons, clarinets and oboes sing a haunting melody accompanied by “change ringing” crotales, glockenspiel, marimba and celeste. After re-orchestrations of the opening material, a stormy dramatic middle section featuring the horns and euphoniums interrupts the proceedings. This intrusion suggests the dark psychological residue often suffered by the victims of war. An “heroic” coda is followed by a “hopeful” (or is it naive?) musical epilogue, which proposes a time when we can “imagine all the people living in peace...and the world will be as one.”

- Program Note by composer

Of War and Peace, a work in two continuous movements, was commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma from Texas A&M University-Commerce, with a consortium of chapters from across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Of War and Peace is the most recent example of Daugherty's ability to musically capture the American spirit. His compositional style is a refined combination of contemporary art music and American popular idioms (including rock, jazz and "studio-programmatic").

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin R. McKenzie, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Verrier, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 25 September 2018
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 7 March 2018 (83rd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 8 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Eastern Conference, New Haven, Conn.)
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble (Fred J. Allen, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Doug Henderson, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Ensemble (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 5 October 2017
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Oliver, conductor) – 28 September 2017
  • West Texas A&M University (Canyon) Symphonic Band (Don LeFevre, conductor) – 15 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble (Phillip Clements, conductor) - 9 March 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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