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Halcyon Hearts

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Katahj Copley

Katahj Copley

Subtitle: An Overture for Love

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth,
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres
Love never fails.

Halcyon Hearts is an ode to love and how it affects us all. Halcyon denotes a time where a person is ideally happy or at peace, so in short Halcyon Hearts is about the moment of peace when one finds their love or passion.

The piece centers around major 7th and warm colors to represent the warmth that love bring us. The introduction – which is sudden and colorful – symbolizes the feeling of the unexpected journey it takes to find love. Using the colors and natural energy of the ensemble, we create this sound of ambition and passion throughput the work. No matter what race, gender, religion, nationality or love, we all are united with the common thread of passion from the heart. This piece was written in dedication to those who love no matter which negativity is in the world; do not allow hate and prejudice to guide the way we live our lives. Always choose lover and the halcyon days will come.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Ohio: III


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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis Cross, conductor) – 22 April 2022 (2022 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Loyola Bourgeois Honor Band (New Orleans, La.) (Serena Weren, conductor) - 2 April 2022
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (T.J. Mack, conductor) - 23 February 2022
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 21 February 2022
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony (Jamal Duncan, conductor) - 23 November 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Brian Taylor, conductor) - 12 October 2021

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