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Song for My Children

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Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen, Jr.


General Info

Year: 2013 / 2020
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $a0.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Song for My Children was commissioned by the Northeast Iowa Bandmaster's Association for the 50th Annual Northeast Iowa Bandmaster's Association Honor Band Festival, premiered on December 7, 2013.

In 2006, I had the opportunity to write a piece for my wife called Song for Lyndsay. Following my experience with that work, I knew that someday I wanted to write a similar piece for my children. In 2013, I finally got that opportunity when I received the commission from NEIBA.

The resulting piece, Song for My Children, bears a strong connection to its predecessor in terms of its overall tone, structure, and even a very intentional use of related pitch material. The piece is not intended to be programmatic in any way, but I must admit that I was heavily influenced by images in my head as I composed.

As I wrote, I couldn't help but be filled with memories of holding my babies in my arms, watching them sleep peacefully, wrestling with them in the living room, celebrating on their birthdays and Christmas mornings, and enjoying our cherished vacations on the beach. My children mean the world to me, and I treasure every moment I have with them. Ultimately, Song for My Children is just a simple expression of my love for Emily, Noah, Adeline, Ethan, and Claire.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) - 29 April 2023
  • Eastern Wind Symphony (Hillsborough, N.J.) (Todd Nichols, conductor) - 17 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Tremper High School (Kenosha, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Kathryn Ripley, conductor) – 14 May 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 13 April 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Michelle Eboch, conductor) – 24 October 2016


Works for Winds by This Composer


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