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Serenade for Kristin

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

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General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 8:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach
Cost: Score and Parts - Available second half of 2018


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Horn in F
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Serenade for Kristin was commissioned by my dear friend and colleague, conductor H Robert Reynolds, for his wife, Kristin Reynolds, in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary. Mr. Reynolds asked that I compose a “love song” for Kristin, not only as a gift to commemorate this milestone in their lives, but as something that she herself could perform publicly. (Kristin is an accomplished oboist).

What began as a “love song” evolved into something more. The introduction is somewhat unsettled and poignant in mood, perhaps suggesting a bleak and lonely place, as the soloist passionately cries out for answers, pleading for resolution. The plea is finally answered with the appearance of the main melody — a simple, almost folk-like tune that unfolds sweetly and delicately. This “song” gives way to a gentle dance in a kind of neo-Renaissance style. Ancient and modern influences intermingle — the rhythms and cadences harken to the past while the constantly shifting harmonies suggest a more modern-day spirit. Beginning calmly, the dance slowly grows in vibrancy until it bursts out in an ecstatic expression of joy. The energy recedes as the love song returns one final time.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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