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James Syler

James Syler

Subtitle: Three Walt Whitman Poems for Soprano and Band

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


1. Look Down Fair Moon
2. A Clear Midnight
3. A Prairie Sunset


Full Score
Solo Soprano Voice
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There are very few works for soprano and grade 3 band. Thanks to Dr. Brett Richardson at the University of the Incarnate Word for leading a consortium of colleges and ensembles to commission this work. The music is technically accessible, yet still artistically mature with a strong lyrical flow. What a joy it was to set these timeless Walt Whitman poems to music – Look Down Fair Moon, A Clear Midnight, and A Prairie Sunset.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee) Symphonic Winds (Timothy Kaiser, conductor; Jennifer Watson, soprano) - 3 March 2023
  • University of the Incarnate Word Wind Ensemble (Brett Richardson, conductor) – 2020
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs) Wind Ensemble (Vu Nguyen, conductor) - 25 February 2019
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor; Vindya Khare, soprano) – 14 November 2018

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