Proper Goodbye, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Joel Puckett

Joel Puckett

The title of this work is correctly written in lower case: a proper goodbye.

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $80.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. a good rain - 6:40
2. a proper goodbye - 4:50


Flute I-II-III-IV (IV doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
B-Flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-Flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-Flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-Flat Tenor Saxophone
E-Flat Baritone Saxophone
B-Flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Body Percussion
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Spring Drum (5 inch)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone I-II

Players snapping fingers


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I have never been good at saying goodbye. I find it difficult to quickly sum up time shared with a pithy comment or words of gratitude. I usually prefer to simply vanish and remember the meaningful time spent together. Let me be clear: This is a terrible way to say goodbye.

I recently said goodbye to a great friend and mentor who lost an epic battle with cancer. Fortunately, he did not share my fondness for ghosting. He demanded I come to his hospice bed to spend long afternoons sitting quietly together listening to a good hard rain, talking about music, family, and a life meaningfully lived. I am so grateful he did.

I miss him.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Joel Puckett website Accessed 8 March 2022
  • Puckett, J. (2022). A proper goodbye: For Wind Ensemble [score]. Bill Holab Music: [Brooklyn, N.Y.]