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Soliliquy for Solferino, A

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Martin Ellerby

Martin Ellerby

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: "Difficult" (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - ₤74.95   |   Score Only (print) - ₤25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel I-II
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Battle of Solferino was fought in northern Italy on 24th June 1859 between the alliance of France and Sardinia, and Austria. After some 15 hours of fighting the Austrians retreated, leaving some 40,000 killed or injured. Such medical forces that existed were unable to cope. Many died from simple wounds. At the same time, a Swiss businessman and social activist, Henry Dunant, was passing through the region and witnessed the suffering of the soldiers left on the battlefield. He set about a process that led to the Geneva Conventions and the foundation of the International Red Cross movement. All this is detailed in Dunant’s book titled A Memory of Solferino.

A Soliloquy for Solferino is dedicated “to those who work for healing and building a better world”. The piece was commissioned by a consortium of bands from around the world, including the University of Florida.

- Program Note from University of Florida Symphonic Band concert program, 29 November 2018

To those who work for healing and building a better world.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ellerby, M. (2012). A Soliloquy for Solferino [score]. Studio Music: London.
  • Martin Ellerby website Accessed 27 December 2018