From Wind Repertory Project
Ira Hearshen

Ira Hearshen

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Concert Tom
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong (large)
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the lessons I've learned in having a successful career in the music business is to make sure the audience is entertained. If the audience does not respond to what they hear, that means I've not done my job. In researching Army music for some extant material that would be familiar to tonight's audience, it occurred to me that there was music that anyone stationed on a U.S. military base hears every day and that every American knows — bugle calls. As the basis of this piece, I chose probably the best-known call, the morning wake-up call Reveille. This work consists of different episodic treatments of the Reveille theme. Even the soft chorale that begins the second half of the piece is a four-part arrangement of the consequent phrase of the bugle call. The tempos are bright, the harmonies positive, and the rhythms and orchestral colors exciting. It is my hope that anybody who hears this music winds up smiling.

- Program Note by composer on the occasion of the premiere performance


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ira Hearshen website Accessed 6 January 2019
  • Kish, David. "Reveille." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 835-841. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • Perusal score