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Count's Lament and Tarantella, The

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Marty Nelson
Jerime Harris

Marty Nelson and Jerime Harris

Subtitle: Solo for Trumpet with Band Accompaniment

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (solo); II (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MRNS Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
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 I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Count's Lament and Tarantella band arrangement was originally written as one of twelve solos in Scenes from the Cape, which is dedicated to the composer’s brother, Jerry Nelson, who was a musician and puppeteer with The Muppets. Each solo in the collection introduces young musicians to different musical styles representing various locales in Cape Cod.

The Count's Lament and Tarantella was inspired by Jerry’s Sesame Street character, Count Von Count. The solo begins with a somewhat mournful but jazzy lament, depicting a scene in the Count’s castle where he is pining for his love, the Countess. As he counts all the wonderful times he has shared with his lady friend, his melancholy mood soon gives way to a lively dance ... and lots of bats! A reprise of the lament is followed by a cadenza. The piece ends with a return to the tarantella, which fades away as the Count continues to reminisce and count all of his blessings. Ah! Ah! Ah!

- Program Note from Shadow Ridge Middle School Honor Winds concert program, 21 December 2018

The band arrangement was commissioned by the Shadow Ridge Honor Winds and their directors, Chris Meredith and Alicia DeSoto in Flower Mound, Texas, for the band's 2018 Midwest Clinic performance in Chicago, Illinois.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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