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Before I Sleep

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Shelley Marwood

Shelley Marwood

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General Info

Year: 2011 / 2020
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shelley Marwood
Cost: Score and Parts – Contact composer


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Drawing from the final line of Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Before I Sleep is the musical representation of several emotions that are common when one faces difficulties in life; these include grief, fear, anger, hope, and acceptance. Each of the three main sections contains distinct thematic material that was influenced by these emotions. While there are several interpretations of this poem, Marwood's intention was to refer to the goals, ambitions, and life events that one hopes to accomplish and experience before death, while acknowledging the uncertainty of each new day.

- Program Note from The Horizon Leans Forward…

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 409-410.
  • Shelley Marwood website Accessed 19 February 2021