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Boy's Dream, A

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Jay Bocook

Jay Bocook

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Oboe II (English Horn)
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Concert Toms
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Egg Shaker
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Pulli Stick
  • Rain Stick
  • Shaker
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Toy Piano
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone
  • Zil-Bell


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When I was approached in early 2004 by the wonderful directors of the Palmetto Consortium about writing a new work for band, I was very excited. They had no specifics in mind, only that the piece was not to be restricted by graded boundaries. Dr. Les Hicken, Director of Bands at Furman University and chairman of the Palmetto Consortium, was insistent that I compose as freely as possible. I thank him and all of the other directors for their trust and encouragement.

A Boy's Dream is not a work depicting a child's nighttime dreams, but rather the delight, wonderment and fantasy of a boy's daytime dreams. He dreams, while playing with small cars, of daring racing feats and being first to the checkered flag. Or, he will be listening to music with headphones, and dreaming of being the next great superstar. His possibilities are unlimited because, in a child's mind, there is no reality to get in the way. A boy's dreams are fantastical and mysterious, show great curiosity and yet most importantly, they are innocent and credulous.

The introduction of A Boy's Dream exists as an Awakening. As a boy grows, so does his curiosity about the world and its possibilities. New discoveries happen every day, every hour. The next section is a quick, playful Scherzando that shows our boy dreaming about high-speed fun. Everything happens quickly; whether playing with toys or running with friends, these dreams are full of fancy and excitement. The next section is slow and is marked Dolce. This section represents the summer days we spent early in our lives, laying in the grass and looking up at the clouds. We would imagine shapes, faces, animals, and more. The wind would slowly shift the clouds so they could become something else. These were calm moments of unbelievable wonder.

In the final section, Giocoso, the dreams turn to those of a boy at Christmas or holiday time. What magic days those are for children. I remember looking at Christmas catalogs and dreaming of what would be under the tree. We wished for everything. We knew we could not have everything, but we dreamed anyway. The festive atmosphere made it the most wondrous time of the year. The work ends with a final celebration of this spirit of my daydream, your dream ...A Boy's Dream.

- Program Note by composer

For Andrew

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • South Carolina: VI


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  • Bocook, J. (2007). A Boy's Dream [score]. Music Works: Milwaukee, Wisc.