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Boundless River

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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

  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Triangles, medium and large
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rivers of all kinds – large or small, rapid or meandering, winding or straight – are life affirming. Their endless flow evokes a sense of infinity. I find it comforting to know they flowed long before human inhabited the planet and will continue to do so long after we leave this earth. One in particular, the Mississippi River, occupies a special place in my heart, as, having living a good portion of my life not a mile from its banks, I am always nostalgic thinking of it. I love it especially for its unhurried, quiet dignity.

Boundless River for concert band is inspired both by feelings of nostalgia and the sense of infinity that rivers suggest to me. The work's main theme, first stated by the clarinets, meanders gently – rising and falling rom phrase to phrase. The music breathes, ebbs and flows, rises and falls in gentle waves of sound. Sometimes it suggests a peaceful meditation; other times it cries out. Still other times it sparkles like rivulets of water reflecting sunlight. It ends as it began, flowingly, peacefully, with life affirming dignity.

- Program Note by composer

Composed in loving memory of my grandfather, John Tilson Tisdale, (December 29, 1898 – March 28, 1990).

- Program Note from score


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