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Paper Man, The

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Harrison J. Collins

Harrison J. Collins

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J Stands for Joe Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $145.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Paper Man loosely follows a short story of the same title that I wrote during my freshman year of high school, which in turn was a rewriting of an improvised "bedtime story" that I told my best friend at three in the morning on a road trip. The story follows a kind, unassuming young man with an unclear background who is simply known in his small secluded town as "The Man". His life is simple until a new waitress appears at the local café and their story is set in motion. At a whopping six pages long, the story is jam-packed with romance, dinosaurs, and a few thousand paper cranes. The Paper Man grew to be quite popular among my peers, and I found that it would be a great source of inspiration for a piece of music. The story is a simultaneously silly, sweet, and fun one, and it is these qualities that I aimed to depict within the work.

One unique aspect of this work is the use of paper to emulate the sound of lapping bird wings. Inspired by Eric Whitacre's use of this effect in his choral work Little Birds, I use it to represent living paper cranes, a motif seen throughout the story of The Paper Man. These paper cranes, represented also by a staccato motive first heard in flutes and moving throughout the ensemble, are as ever-present in the piece as they are in the story.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • South Carolina Band Directors' Association Senior All-State Band (John Lynch, conductor) - 13 March 2022
  • Westminster Symphonic Winds (White Plains, N.Y.) (Curt Ebersole, conductor) - 7 May 2022
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Harry D. Blake, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John P. Lynch, conductor) - 7 October 2021
  • Metropolitan Winds (Little Elm, Tx.) (Frank Felice, conductor) - 20 May 2018

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