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Serenade (Copley)

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Katahj Copley

Katahj Copley

Subtitle: For Wind Nonet

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 11:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


1. Slow – 3:00
2. Moderate – 2:25
3. Waltz – 2:05
4. Dance – 3:00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is a piece originally seen as an anti-serenade. I wanted to write about the idea of a relationship going bad. However, I took that idea and decided to go in a different route. Instead of this being a piece for the love of someone or the breakup of someone … this is the growth of a person from heartache.

The first movement is written from the perspective of someone out of a relationship, hence the rather somber beginning; however, the movement shifts into a change of mood for the person -- a more hopeful mood. Second movement is a quirky encounter between two people -- they are both shy and don’t know what the future holds for them. The third movement is a scene for a first date for the couple. The final movement begins with the clarinet and is rather slow. However, as the movement progresses, it gets faster and louder until the end. This movement represents the pacing of the couple so that they finally admit their love for one another.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Roy McLerran, conductor) - 7 December 2022
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) - 21 November 2022
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Greenville, S.C.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 5 November 2022
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Pickard, conductor) - 16 October 2022
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Jeffrey Summers, conductor) – 3 October 2022
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea Brown, conductor) – 19 February 2022 (CBDNA 2022 Eastern Conference, Baltimore, Md.)
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea E. Brown, conductor) -15 October 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band Chamber Players (Rob Abend, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Chamber Winds (Adam Collins, conductor) - 16 April 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Caroline Hand, conductor) - 9 March 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) - 7 December 2020

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