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Dum Spiro Spero

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Chris Pilsner

Chris Pilsner

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chris Pilsner
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes

Players singing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dum Spiro Spero takes its title from a Latin phrase meaning “While I breathe, I hope.” When I read that phrase for the first time, I was taken aback by the incredible amount of power it held and immediately knew it would be the basis for a new piece.

When I started writing, my goal was to write something as deeply emotional and human as the title was. The result was a series of simple melodies supported by some of the most colorful orchestration and harmonies I’ve ever written. From the lush opening, the gentle singing, and ultimately the triumphal climax, the human quality to the music is what I think gives Dum Spiro Spero a powerful sense of grace and splendor.

It is dedicated to Casey Cropp, the man who has served as a mentor and friend for much of my musical career.

Dum Spiro Spero was commissioned by director Casey Cropp and the Rocky Mountain High School Winds Ensemble in 2009. The piece premiered on January 28th, 2010, at the Colorado Music Educators' Association Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the composer conducting.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Collegiate Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Jerdil Castillo, conductor) - 10 October 2021
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Richard Edwards, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • Loveland (Colo.) High School Concert Band (Kyle Freesen, conductor) – 2 March 2020
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 9 February 2020
  • Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Brian Messier, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphony Band (Corey Jahlas, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Edison-Computech Middle School (Modesto, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Chuck Salanitro, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) White Concert Band (Colin McKenzie, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Slippery Rock (Penn.) University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Helmick, conductor) – 16 October 2018
  • Sunnyside High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Michael Angel, conductor) -16 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 10 March 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jackie Townsend, conductor) – 26 February 2018
  • Sunnyside High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Michael J. Angel, conductor) - 25 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Heath Nails, conductor) - 6 March 2017
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Wind Orchestra (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • California State University, Fresno, Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) - 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Bläserphilharmonie Osttiro (Austria) (Lukas Hofmann, conductor) - 26 September 2015

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