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Do You Hear How Many You Are?

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Keane Southard

Keane Southard

General Info

Year: 2012
Original Medium: Chorus
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Spindrift Pages
Cost: Score and Parts (PDF) - $50.00   |   Score Only (PDF) - $8.00

Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Sax
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • 3 Triangles (all of different sizes)
  • 3 Suspended Cymbals (all of different sizes)

Errata

None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

“Do You Hear How Many You Are?” for Concert Band was originally written in April and May of 2010 for SATB choir. I made this concert band arrangement in 2012. The origins of this piece and text come from a very interesting experience I had in December of 2009. I have been learning a lot in the past few years about the state of our world and the many huge problems and crises we are faced with in the near future, and this discovery has been so daunting and overwhelming to me. So much change needs to happen in order for the near and long-term future of our world to be just and stable that I have felt a lot of guilt over my choice of profession. Why have I chosen to be a composer and musician when I could make more of an impact on solving these problems if I were a scientist or policy maker etc.? I have been struggling to find a solution to this dilemma for a while now and I just happened to be thinking about it, while filled with lots of stress and worries, one night as I was falling asleep in December of 2009. At the moment when I was in that state halfway between sleep and consciousness, I suddenly heard the line “Do you hear how many you are?” in my head, yet I felt as though I didn't come up with the line but that it was said TO me. I was instantly comforted, as if a load fell off my shoulders, and then I began to hear it being sung, which I knew was the beginning of a choral piece. I woke up, wrote down the music I was hearing (about the first six measures of the work) and then wrote down this entire poem. I truly feel that this message came to me for a reason, and that I need to share it through the music I create. Those of us who want to change the world for the better are not alone; we are many and we will make our voices hear in order to heal the world.

-Program Note by Keane Southard

Commercial Discography

  • Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble (Norman Wika, conductor)

Media Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.

Performances

  • Locust Grove High School (Oklahoma) Band (Brandon Hall, conductor) - 21 April 2016
  • Ekerö Kulturskola (Sweden) Band (Rikard Peterson, conductor) - 9 March 2016
  • Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) Wind Ensemble (Norman Wika, conductor) - 19 November 2015
  • Arrowhead Union High School (Wisconsin) Symphonic Band (Stacey Zwirlein, conductor) - 21 May 2015
  • Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania) Summer Music Camp Wind Ensemble (Robert Spence, conductor) - 19 July 2014
  • Minot State University (North Dakota) Symphonic Band (Devin Otto, conductor) - 19 April 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer

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