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13 Moons

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Jodie Blackshaw

Jodie Blackshaw

Subtitle: Composing Piece for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: I-IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wallabac Music, through Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


1. North
2. East
3. South
4. West

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (high and low)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Euphonium Tuba
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Mallets Treble/Bass clef
  • Marimba
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There are four "composing pieces" in this suite and they take their titles from the compass points: North, South, East and West. If you move in a clockwise direction around the points, beginning at North, you will get an idea of how the movements are structured in terms of level of difficulty.

When we allow our students to think creatively in our rehearsals, they develop ownership of the music because they have been involved in the decision-making process. This is a powerful tool to use in our learning environments and one that is often overlooked.

To program a Composing Point means to hold back and allow the student to discover the music element of structure, timbre, texture and expression. This learning can then be applied to all other repertoire you are currently playing to enable even deeper comprehension. All of this leads to creative musical thinkers who are invested in their own music making – it is more powerful than you can ever imagine. So strap in and get ready for the ride of your life!

There are no set programme notes for this work as you and your students are the composers! Write your own notes to reflect upon your compositional journey to share information about your original composition with the audience. (Or better still – create a video presentation showing the process!)

This work was commissioned by W.J. Mouat Secondary School (Abbotsford, BC), Mulgrave School (West Vancouver, BC), and members of the University of British Columbia Conducting Symposium hosted by Dr. Robert Taylor (Chair, Woodwind Brass & Percussion Division, UBC). My sincere gratitude to Janet Wade of W.J. Mouat Secondary School for her passion and persistence in driving this project to fruition.

- Program Note from score

Inspired by the Native American book, 13 Moons on Turtles Back.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) University Band (Carter Biggers, conductor) - 27 October 2021
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Campus Band (Lauren Visel, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Bands (Christin Reardon MacLellan, conductor) - 26 February 2021
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl Rowles, conductor) – 29 September 2020

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