Eternity in an Hour

From Wind Repertory Project
Nicole Piunno

Nicole Piunno

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $170.00   |   Score Only (print) - $60.00




Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe 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-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When thinking about the concept behind this piece, I knew I wanted to celebrate the purpose of music. Music is something we hear that connects us with that which cannot be heard. In a sense, we learn to “see” the invisible with our ears. I think this is what William Blake touched upon in the opening of his poem, Auguries of Innocence:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour

Every work of art invites us to “see a World in a Grain of Sand”, and every piece of music allows us to experience “Eternity in an hour”. Music is a grain of sand through which we can see an entire world. In other words, it is a smaller reality that helps us grasp a larger reality.

Music can display chaos, yet show that order can come from this chaos. Melodies can be sorrowful in a way that gives permission to the listener to feel sorrow. Music can come alongside people and weep with them or take someone by the hand and carry him into a place of peace. Musical themes can connect someone with joy even when that person has no joy inside herself. Ultimately, music has the power to connect people with a reality outside of themselves and allows them to experience Eternity in an hour.

Eternity in an Hour highlights many individuals and requires a great amount of attentiveness between the musicians. I require each section of the ensemble to pull equal weight as they intricately interact with each other throughout the three movements. By the end of the piece, we should have seen a glimpse of Heaven through the many “Wild Flowers” or various timbres of the ensemble.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Dublin Wind Symphony, Dublin, Ohio, Jeff Chesser, Director

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti) Symphonic Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) - 20 February 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Danny Brock, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Dublin (Ohio) Wind Symphony (Jeff Chesser, conductor) – 16 October 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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