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Steven Barton

Steven Barton

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Celesta (optional Piano) Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


In Parts:

  • Bassoon I, 6 after C: half note B-flat, not C
  • Bassoon I, 2 bars from end: 1st note should be C-flat, not C natural
  • Clarinet I, 6 after C: 5th note should be A-flat
  • Baritone Saxophone, 4 bars after B: 1st note should be F, not G
  • Alto Saxophone, 5 after D: 1st note should be E, not D
  • Horn I, 5 after D: 1st note should be D, not C

Program Notes

Cradlesong was written to celebrate the birth of the composer's second son, Michael. The piece depicts a father putting a newborn to sleep in the wee hours of the night. It's about emotions that are difficult to verbalize but can be expressed in music. Cradlesong is a lullaby, but the strength of the climax represents the depth of a parent's feelings.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • North Carolina: III
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Barton, S. (1995). Cradlesong [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glarus, Wisc.