Three Embraces, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Carter Pann

Carter Pann

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 12:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


1. Antique, Calming - 2:50
2. With quiet longing - 4:05
3. With rubato (a joyous celebration at first) - 4:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Three Embraces was commissioned by current and former students and dear friends in celebration of Allan McMurray’s final concert after 35 years as Director of Bands at the University of Colorado.

In three movements, these pieces are songs for band. Within The Three Embraces, the composer strives to explore completely new musical territory — different from that of his previous works for winds. The first movement, entitled Antique, Calming, is intended to sound like an aural aroma. The players are given a long trail of the softest dynamics — full fortes are rare events in this piece. The first movement also features harp and celesta as the two prevailing colors suffusing the music, giving the music an aura of ancient, inward elegance.

- Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013

Commissioned in celebration of Allan McMurray’s 35 years as Director of Bands at the University of Colorado, this impressive three-movement work conveys a variety of emotions with beautiful melodic and harmonic material, as well as a variety of textures, appealing timbres, and well-conceived percussion scoring. The first two movements, Antique, Calming and With Quiet Longing, are mostly soft and delicate, requiring great dynamic restraint. According to the composer, these movements “are to sound like aural aromas.” The last movement, representing “a chance encounter between Schubert and Stravinsky on the Appalachian Trail,” features joyous, celebratory passages and gentle, reflective sections bringing the composition to a dramatic conclusion. Careful attention to intonation, balance, and tone quality at soft dynamic levels in the first two movements is needed, as well as close observance of articulation and dynamic markings in the final movement, Well scored, the piece includes four-part writing for flute, clarinet, and trumpet, as well as parts for contrabassoon, soprano saxophone, piano/celesta, and harp. This is a memorable composition that will be well worth the time and effort required to prepare it.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, April 2014, p. 40.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Jeffrey Summers, conductor) — 25 April 2023
  • Roosevelt University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Stephen Squires, conductor) - 20 September 2022
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Bradley Kent, conductor) - 7 March 2018 (83nd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 22 November 2017
  • California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, Wind Ensemble (Rickey Padua, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 20 April 2016
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 15 April 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis Fisher, conductor) – 17 September 2015
  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (Alan Mills, conductor) - 14 February 2015
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric Smedley, conductor) - 10 February 2015
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (David Lesser, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Arizona Wind Ensemble (Greg I. Hanson, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 13 March 2014
  • Westlake High School (Austin, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Kerry Taylor, conductor) – 21 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Pann, C. (2013). The Three Embraces: For Wind Symphony [score]. Theodore Presser Co.: King of Prussia, Penn.
  • Threinen, Emily. "The Three Embraces." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 681-693. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.