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Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Purcell)

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Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky


General Info

Year: 1992
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Duration: c. 8:55
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Rental


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III (Flute III doubles piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Trumpet (in C) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, 2-3 players, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

It was at the suggestion of Esa-Pekka Salonen that I transcribed this music of Purcell for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. I used three of the pieces heard at the funeral of Mary II of England, who died of smallpox on December 28, 1694: a solemn march, the anthem In the Midst of Life We Are in Death, and a canzona in imitative polyphonic style. In working on the project I did not try to achieve a pure, musicological reconstruction but, on the contrary, to regard Purcell's music, which I love deeply, through the lens of three hundred intervening years. Thus, although most of this version is straightforward orchestration of the Purcell originals, there are moments when Purcell drifts out of focus.

My version was first performed in Los Angeles on February 6, 1992.

Program Note by Steven Stucky


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • Manhattan School of Music (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Fitzgerald, conductor) - 18 September 2019
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (George Schrader, conductor) – 16 April 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductors) – 7 November 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 18 October 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Winds (Steven Piazza, conductor) – 14 May 2017
  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Eric Hewitt, conductor) – 5 May 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Brett Penshorn, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Douglas Henderson, conductor) – 17 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Craig Kirchhoff, conductor) – 24 February 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 14 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Edward Jackson III, conductor) – 10 December 2016
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 17 October 2016
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra and Wind Symphony (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 23 September 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Purcell, H.; Stucky, S.; Mary, Queen of England (1992). Funeral Music for Queen Mary : for Orchestra of Winds, Brasses, and Percussion [score]. Merion Music: [United States].
  • Steven Stucky website