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Quiet Place To Think, A

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music - Official Website
Cost: Score & Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Claves
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (tam-tam)
  • Mark Tree
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Timpani (4)
  • Tom-tom (low)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Quiet Place to Think was commissioned by the Michigan State University Band Alumni Association celebrating their 25th anniversary, and dedicated to the memory of Leonard Falcone, Director of Bands at MSU from 1927-1967 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1899. The work was premiered by the MSU Alumni Concert Band on April 18th, 1999, Kenneth G. Bloomquist, MSU Director of Bands Emeritus, conducting.

The title for this work came from something I found myself saying out loud during a moment of frustration as I was beginning to compose this piece: "What I really need is a quiet place to just sit and think." I decided then and there to write a piece about that very situation. A Quiet Place to Think obviously springs from my personal life, but is also a response to the hectic pace of life we all encounter on a daily basis. Weighing on my mind when writing the piece was the uneasy sense of uncertainty for the future shared by so many. As this millennium comes to an end, futuristic visions of harried life in the 21st century are thrust at us regularly by the media. These visions prompted me to share in my composition a sense of what has always been important in a person's life, and what will be needed even more so as time goes on: the opportunity to find a quiet place to think in order to clear one's mind.

Program Note by Timothy Mahr


State Ratings

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