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Grace Before Sleep

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Susan LaBarr

Susan LaBarr (arr. J. Eric Wilson)


General Info

Year: 2011 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Contact J. Eric Wilson


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle

Players singing


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Susan LaBarr is a highly published composer of choral literature. Residing in Cleveland, Tennessee, she is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. Composed in 2011, Grace Before Sleep was inspired by a poem of thanks written by Sara Teasdale. A quiet opening builds into a gorgeous, resounding climax before coming to a more reflective, thankful close. This wind setting, arranged in 2013 by J. Eric Wilson, Director of Bands at Baylor University, draws upon the warm sonorities of the concert band to reflect LaBarr’s musical intent and Teasdale’s poetic sentiments.

How can our minds and bodies be
Grateful enough that we have spent
Here in this generous room, we three,
This evening of content?
Each, one of us has walked through storm
And fled the wolves along the road;
But here the hearth is wide and warm,
And for this shelter and this light
Accept, O Lord, our thanks tonight.

- Program Note by the Vista Ridge High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 December 2014


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Reilly Fox, conductor) - 6 May 2021
  • Georgia State University (Atlanta) Wind Orchestra (Chester B. Phillips, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) Wind Ensemble (Brian O. Walden, conductor) - 25 February 2021
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 9 February 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinic Honor Band II (Daniel Kirk, conductor) – 2 February 2020
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Robert L. Sinclair, conductor) - 20 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (W. Dale Warren, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 20 January 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Steve Dailey, conductor) – 13 September 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Concert Band (Austin Hinkle, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Henry (Tx.) Middle School Band (Robert Herrings, conductor) - 16 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 15 February 2018
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Scarlet High School Honor Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 14 January 2018
  • California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Festival Wind Orchestra (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 17 April 2016 
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 24 February 2016
  • Vista Ridge High School (Cedar Park, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Bryan T. Christian, conductor) - 19 December 2014 (2014 Midwest Clinic)


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Popp, Shaun R. "Grace Before Sleep." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 357-367. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.