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Pale Blue on Deep

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Aaron Perrine

Aaron Perrine

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 7:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aaron Perrine
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $185.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Carriage Bolt Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Key Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone

Carriage bolt chimes and key chimes are homemade instruments, similar in effect to wind chimes.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I arrived at the title, Pale Blue on Deep, while sitting on the shore of Lake Superior. Though I’ve visited this lake countless times, I’m always mesmerized by its power and serene beauty. You don’t just see this Great Lake; it’s a feeling you experience with all of your senses.

While there are certainly melodic and harmonic motifs used throughout the work, the larger unifying themes present are a bit more abstract. One main theme is the idea of colors blurring into each other. This was inspired by the place on the horizon where the water appears to blend right into the sky. Moments of tension and release can be attributed to a number of things such as waves crashing to the shore or the imagery of what might lie beneath the water’s surface. Above all, I believe the most prevalent theme of the piece is its pensive, introspective feeling, which is exactly the same feeling that comes over me upon each visit to Lake Superior.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Spring Lake Park Wind Ensemble, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Brian Lukkasson, Director

- Program Note from score


  • American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award, 2013.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Michael Lebrias, conductor) - 12 February 2021
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Aaron Perrine, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Aaron Perrine, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 25 October 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 25 September 2019
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Joe Brashier, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Damon Talley, conductor?) – 5 October 2017
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Michael E. Hancock, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • Cathedral City (Calif.) High School Symphony Band (Matthew K. Howe, conductor) - 18 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • San Francisco Wind Ensemble (John Carnahan, conductor) – 28 January 2017
  • California State University Wind Symphony (John Alan Carnahan, conductor) – 6 October 2016
  • Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) Symphonic Band (Brian Myers, conductor) – 21 April 2016
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John M. Watkins, conductor) – 20 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 13 February 2016
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Roeder, conductor)– 3 February 2016
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Symphonic Band (Randall Coleman, conductor) – 9 November 2015

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