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Avelynn's Lullaby

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Joel Puckett

Joel Puckett


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General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 8:39
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $100.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail needed)

Players vocalizing


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

My daughter, Avelynn, arrived on a spring morning with a pep in her step. Since day one, she has had the energy of three babies [although, to be honest, I'm not sure how that is measured].

Our nighttime routine has become set in stone. I give her a bath, put her in her pajamas, and we read a book or two. And then we come to my favorite portion of the routine: the lullabies. Doing my part, I sing her slow lullabies while rocking her, and she does her part, fighting the onset of sleep.

By far her favorite lullaby is the one my mother used to sing to me: "Sail far away, Sail across the Sea, Only don't forget to Sail, back to me."

At least, I thought it was the one my mother used to sing to me. I got curious about the rest of the verses and found that the piece was written in 1898 by Alice Riley and Jesse Gaynor, and has only a passing resemblance to the song I remember my mother singing to me. Better yet, it has virtually no resemblance to the lullaby I had been singing to Avelynn!

So Avelynn's Lullaby is both a journey of daddy trying to coax daughter to sleep, and a journey of daughter enjoying the song, fighting sleep and eventually succumbing to slumber.

Avelynn's Lullaby was commissioned by a consortium of American wind bands led by John Carnahan and the California State University Long Beach Wind Ensemble. Dedicated to Avelynn Puckett.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 29 April 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 10 November 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 25 October 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 23 October 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Vanessa Perala, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • California All-State High School Wind Symphony (Emily Threinen, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor)- 14 February 2018
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Michael Votta, conductor)- 17 October 2017
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Mack Wood, conductor) – 25 April 2017
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor) – 28 April 2017
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 15 November 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 5 October 2016
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 7 February 2016
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) - 23 May 2015
  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) - 5 May 2015
  • TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State 5A Symphonic Band (Emily Threinen, conductor) - 14 February 2015 (2015 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Dan Belongia, conductor) - 5 October 2014
  • Sutherland Wind Band Festival Orchestra (Fresno, Calif.) (Albert Nguyen, conductor) - 17 March 2013 (2013 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.))
  • California State University Long Beach Wind Ensemble (John A. Carnahan, conductor) - 24 March 2011 - CBDNA National Conference; Seattle, Washington     **World Premiere**


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Golemo, Michael. "Avelynn's Lullaby." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 483-489. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Joel Puckett website