To This Heartbeat There Is No End

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Even though there is no way to truly understand what those folks living on the Gulf Coast went through during the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, this piece is a tribute to all who continue to persevere in the aftermath. I am grateful to the Mississippi Bandmasters Association for their insight as I worked on the commission, and I will always be thankful for their willingness to have me conduct the premier performance with the Mississippi All-State Band during February of 2006.

I am especially grateful to Glen Buckalew, director of bands at Gulfport High School whose entire school and community was literally torn apart by the hurricane. He helped me to understand what his students and parents had to deal with after the storm passed. Glen was a tremendous help to me as I tried to find the correct emotions to display through the music. His students are fortunate to have such a wonderful mentor and role model.

The timpani part in this piece, although repetitive, is the most important part of the story. This is the "heartbeat" of the Gulf Coast community that would not die, no matter what tragedies came along. The piano, harp, crotales and bells motive is the representation of the cell phone that many held in their hands after the storm passed, waiting for the ring to let them know that another loved one had survived. The triad arpeggio, sounded first by the oboe represents the cry for help that so many heard as they searched for survivors after the storm.

- Program Notes from score


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