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Steven's Song

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy


General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gary P. Gilroy Productions
Cost: Score and Parts - $79.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Mallet Percussion I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Steven's Song was commissioned by and dedicated to the Wantagh High School Band, Wantagh, New York, Mindy Dragovich, conductor, and the Steven Nathaniel Wolkoff Foundation, in memory of Steven Wolkoff. A former member of the Wantagh High School Band, Steven played trumpet and later found a passion for writing and performing on bass guitar. Professionally, Steven won an Emmy for his work at Freewheel.com. In 2008 Steven's life was cut short by a drunk driver who caused a five-car collision in California. He was only 31 years old.

This composition is a quiet and moving work, and is meant to serve as a tribute to the life of Steven Wolkoff. It makes use of simple, yet haunting harmonies and a melody that will stay with the listener long after its final notes have finished sounding. The use of piano and the metallic percussion instruments such as bells, crotales, vibraphone, chimes, assorted triangles, finger cymbals and wind chimes, are the composer's attempt to capture the heart and warmth of this gentleman who was taken from our world far too early.

- Program Note by publisher


This is a solemn dedicatory work. The quiet atmospheric beginning episode features piano and metallic percussion instruments. The imaginative scoring highlights both woodwind and brass choirs in the early going. A lyrical trumpet solo leads to a powerful and climactic closing section, but the work ends quietly as it began. The extensive percussion scoring needs at least eight players, including timpani (two) and three mallet players covering chimes, crotales, bells, and vibes. Additional equipment includes assorted Latin percussion, triangles, finger cymbals and wind chimes.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, June/July 2013


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


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