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Threnody (Marshall)

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Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall

Subtitle: For Woodwind and Percussion

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The word "threnody" derives from ancient Greek, meaning ‘song of mourning’. Humankind has always recognized the power of music to offer reflection, hope and healing in the darkest of times.

Threnody uses a 12-tone theme in a triadic-tonal context. The theme is heard in its entirety as the opening melody in the oboe. In the second section, its retrograde (and retrograde-inverted) versions form a canon, starting in the baritone saxophone. After the return of the main melody, a livelier section sees those retrograde themes as an accompanying figure in the bass clarinets and marimbas. The music concludes with the theme in the solo flute. It is left incomplete, ending on the 6th tone.

In 2021 Simon Tillier and the University of Minnesota at Morris commissioned this arrangement of the original string orchestra work.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Robert Truan, conductor) - 1 April 2021 *Premiere Performance*;;;;;

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