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Stonewall: 1969

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Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 12:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score and Parts (digital) - $125.00


Movements (played without pause)

Scene I: Dancing at Stonewall
Scene II: Blues for Judy
Scene III: Fear and Greed
Scene IV: Raid and Riot
Scene V: Sunrise of a Revolution


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Voice
Narrator
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (opt.)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (opt.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto 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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Synthesizer
Timpani
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Police Whistle
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, and the patrons fought back.

To understand the magnitude of this event, one must understand the social conditions that the LGBTQ+ community had been living under prior to this evening. Very few public businesses welcomed openly queer patrons, and those that did were often the site of police raids, vandalism, and ridicule. The community at the time lived in fear and persecution, with even the accusation that one was in the LGBTQ+ community was enough for one to lose friends, jobs, everything.

We are very lucky to be living in a time when people, such as myself, can live their lives openly and with less fear (though not quite “none”) as before. Since the riots, we have seen a push for protections in the workplace, legal rights for adoption, and the rights of marriage (I happily married my husband in 2011, though we still count ourselves as being together since our first date, 22 years ago on the day of this writing). There are many victories that have been hard won, both large and small.

But, we still have a long way to go.

Every day, countless members of the LGBTQ+ community are harassed, marginalized, and attacked or killed for living their true selves. We must remain vigilant. My hope is that one day, we, as a human race, truly see that we are all one heart, one soul, one love.

Lastly, I want to thank Chris Green and the LGBA Band Association, The Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band, the Tampa Bay Pride Band, and the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble for trusting me with this commission, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the day that Marsha P. Johnson broke a mirror and, thus, a ceiling for all of us. If someone tries to make you feel ashamed of yourself, as Marsha would say, “Pay it no mind.”

Peace, Love, and Music.

- Program Note by composer


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