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Seer, The (Santos)

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Erik Santos

Erik Santos

Subtitle: For Vocalist and Symphony Band

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 24:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Erik Santos
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


1. Lonely Nocturne
2. Circles
3. Beale Street
4. Final Sonnet to Orpheus (by Rainer Maria Rilke)
5. Not What Was
6. Call to Creation
7. Fire
8. Moan
​9. Island


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Drum Set (kick, snare, 3 toms, cymbals)
  • Floor Tom, large
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Shakers
  • Shell Chimes
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Vocalist (miked, with echo machine)
Players chanting and stomping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A “Seer” is one who, through supernatural insight, can see what the future holds, and see through to unseen truths.

Who is the seer? What does the seer see?

“…I’m sitting here in the center of my house this quiet morning. Through the windows, in the outer corners of my eyes, I can see full moon setting on my left and new sun rising on my right. Both gloriously happening now, however, I can only see one or the other if I turn my head. Can’t see both simultaneously. I sit here trying to sum it all up, and see it all at once, but I can’t. There’s a lesson here somewhere in between. The difference between sleeping dreams and waking dreams is difficult to explain…“

This musical mandala weaves together many disparate strands of creative inspiration -- i.e., the work of Langston Hughes and Rainer Maria Rilke, Nina Simone, Howlin’ Wolf, Killing Joke, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Rod Serling, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the stories of Parsifal and Ulysses. As much as possible, I let the subconscious lead, as my conscious mind struggled to render dream dictation into a linear language that might resonate with another. In this liminal state, in between both and neither, the answers lie.

- Program Note by composer


  • American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Prize, 2020, winner


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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