Annabel Lee

From Wind Repertory Project
Douglas E. Wagner

Douglas E Wagner

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This rich, expressive original by Douglas Wagner is inspired by the exquisitely beautiful Edgar Allan Poe poem Annabel Lee. The main thematic material, which recurs as a dialogue between the two lovers, unites the work. The harmonic colors and lyrical lines make this a thoroughly enjoyable piece.

- Program Note from publisher

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), America's earliest master of horror in short story and poetry, let a life that paralleled his Gothic themes. Even in his exquisitely beautiful poem Annabel Lee, written during his final year, the subject is believed by most to be his own wife, Virginia Clemm, who succumbed to tuberculosis in 1847.

This work for concert band follows the three based sections of the poem – Life, Death, and Remembrance – with the main thematic material reoccurring as a sort of dialogue in counterpoint between the two lovers in the first and last sections. With the air of muffled snare drum, expansive harmonies, and a persistent bass part, the middle section paints the picture of the desolation of a cold, windswept shoreline. Introduced at the beginning by the flute section, the Annabel Theme is stated again, five measures from the end, giving final witness to the bonds of love that even death could not separate.

Commissioned by the Edgard Allen Poe Middle School of Annandale, Virginia, June Monterio, principal, and the Poe Band Parents' Association in honor of the Poe Symphonic Band, Deidra M. Denson, director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Georgia: II
  • Michigan: Junior High C
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • North Carolina: III
  • Oregon: II-A
  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: III


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