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Kenley Kristofferson

Kenley Kristofferson

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Subtitle: The Thread of Life

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:08
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute 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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This gorgeous work chronicles the emotional connection of all of us as if we were threads in a great tapestry. In light of this, the composer creates a colorful palette, with lyrical melodies and many moving inner voices that combine to create a striking work. A welcome contribution to the repertoire.

- Program Note from publisher

The title of this work is Latin for “The Thread of Life,” and the composer’s objective is to convey the emotional connection of all living things. Composer Kristofferson has notes that “we are part of the many and there are few things more beautiful than that. The tapestry of being is made by the threads of life.” Although the piece presents no technical problems or range difficulties, it could demand a high level of musicality. The music relies on very sensitive and lyrical phrasing with a touch of rubato for expressive nuances. Primary challenges will be in legato phrasing and intonation. The piece starts in D major and has a center section in D minor before returning to D major.

- Program Note based on review from The Instrumentalist, April 2014, p. 39.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ont., Can.) Wind Orchestra (Colin Clarke, conductor) - 12 November 2022
  • Toronto (Ont., Can.) Youth Wind Orchestra (Colin Clarke, conductor) – 10 July 2019 - WASBE Conference (Buñol, Spain)
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, Ga.) Concert Band (Johnny Folsom) – 13 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble (Laura Rexroth, conductor) – 8 March 2018
  • Sir William Mulock Secondary School (Newmarket, Ont., Can.) Festival Winds (Christopher Uchida, conductor) - May 2017
  • Cal High Wind Ensemble (Kent Johnson, conductor) - Spring 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.