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Heart of Madness, The

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Mark Lortz

Mark Lortz

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.00; (digital) - $11.00


Full Score
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Three of Edgar Allan Poe's literary works are musically depicted in this thrilling composition. The Bells uses mallet percussion to great effect as the music becomes darker and darker, just as the text in Poe's poem. The mournful solos heard in The Raven tell of a mysterious bird's visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow descent into madness. As the music intensifies during The Tell-Tale Heart, you can hear the thumping heartbeat of the victim, just as his killer did while losing his sanity.

- Program Note by publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Folly Quarter Middle School Band, Ellicott City, Maryland, Andrew Spang, conductor.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Maryland: III
  • Tennessee: IV


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