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Ed Kiefer

Ed Kiefer

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute 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-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Resignation was composed in memory of one of Ed Kiefer's best friends. Evoking the struggle of coming to grips with the loss of a dear friend, the piece is based on the hymn, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need. It is dramatic, heartfelt, and overwhelmingly beautiful. As Hans Christian Andersen once said, "When words fail, music speaks."

- Program Note from publisher

There is no possible way I could compose a piece of music worthy of the memory of my close friend, Dr. David Kirby, who died very suddenly at an early age. Neither could I write a piece that could come close to reflecting his kind spirit, wit, personality or talent. In fact, it was almost impossible for me to write anything at all. My own grief and the stages of my grief kept getting in the way. I ended up with a setting of the hymn-tune, Resignation. Resigned. To the fact that he is no longer with us. I know he is in a better place, but we are not. We miss him very much. And so, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need seems to speak to those of us he left behind. I apologize if this piece does not reflect your special feelings for him or help you celebrate his moving on. Unfortunately, I could only put down what I have come to accept and hope in some way it may speak to any of you that knew him or to others of you who have also lost a close friend. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need. That is my hope and my hope for you.

- Program Note from composer

The work begins an ends with a clarinet solo, the clarinet being David Kirby's instrument.

- Program Note by Phillip Riggs


State Ratings

  • Alabama: 2018-19 Additions Class BB
  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • Phillip Riggs, personal correspondence, April 2020