Serenade for Winds and Percussion

From Wind Repertory Project
David Gillingham

David Gillingham

Subtitle: Songs of the Night

General Info

Year: 1990 / 2000
Duration: c. 18:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C Alan / McClaren Productions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00


1. Journey into Darkness – 4:35
2. Apparitions – 3:00
3. Romance – 3:35
4. Nocturnal Life-Forces – 2:35
5. Journey into Daylight – 3:55


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Cricket
  • Crotales
  • Log Drums
  • Marimba, Bass
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom (6)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Serenade for Winds and Percussion seeks to faithfully recreate the spirit of the classical serenade of Mozart's time. Since wind instruments could project better than strings, these serenades were often used for outdoor performances. Though it is not intended that the Serenade for Winds and Percussion be performed outdoors, the theme of the work deals with outdoor associations of the night.

The work is cast in five movements. The first, Journey Into Darkness, leads the listener into the exotic and mysterious aura of the night. Following the first movement is Apparitions, which is a haunting scherzo-like depiction of the multitude of shadows cast on moonlit nights. The third movement, entitled Romance, is quiet and simple. One should picture a young man serenading his lover on a warm, starlit summer evening. In the fourth movement, Nocturnal Life-Forces, there transpires a march of all the living creatures that adorn the darkness of night. Finally, Journey Into Daylight brings the listener out of the darkness and into the reality of the new day with dramatic fanfare.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (David Roush, Preston Weber, Shaun Evans, conductors) - 22 April 2021
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Chamber Ensemble (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) - 29 March 2021

The Hartt School (Hartford, Conn.) Wind Ensemble (Glen Adsit, conductor) - 19 March 2021

  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) - 5 October 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (John Pasquale, conductor) – 26 January 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • John W. North High School (Riverside, Calif.) Chamber Players - 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Gillingham, D. (2000). Serenade for Winds and Percussion : Songs of the Night [score]. C. Alan Publications: [Greensboro, N.C.].