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Song for Edie

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Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ragnarok Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales (optional)
  • Glass objects
  • Glockenspiel
  • Metal objects
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

On June 26, 2013, Edie Windsor walked out of the U.S. Supreme Court victorious. Having lost her wife Thea Spayer to advanced multiple sclerosis, under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Windsor was denied survivor benefits and taxed as if the two were strangers instead of having shared over 40 years together. Windsor sued the federal government and in a 5-4 decision, part of DOMA was struck down. In this landmark ruling, which coincidentally occurred ten years to the day after the decriminalization of homosexuality in Lawrence v. Texas, legally married same-sex couples were now recognized by the federal government.

The landscape for same-sex couples has shifted dramatically in the years since that decision. As of the completion of this piece only 13 states remain with marriage bans in place and arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court will occur later this year as to whether or not states can denying same-sex couples the right to marry and if states can deny legal marriages performed by other states.

Edie Windsor created a tsunami of progress with her bravery and her stance against injustice. Song for Edie is an optimistic homage to her continued valiant efforts for equality and serves as a thank you to the millions of allies of equal rights.

Somewhat fortuitously, Song for Edie was completed on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015. Love knows no bounds.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) Wind Ensemble (Lee Hartman, conductor) - 14 October 2015
  • Minnesota Freedom Band (Minneapolis) (Eric Dollerschell-Petry, conductor) - 19 April 2015

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