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I Will Lament and Love

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Nicole Piunno

Nicole Piunno

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $180.00   |   Score Only (print) - $36.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe 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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba (divisi)
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum, large
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, large and medium
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone

Narrator (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I will lament and love is both a lament and an expression of hope and strength in response to tragedy. Sorrow and hope are deeply interwoven, and I find this to be a mysterious reality. I believe we drive out hate with love and we drive out despair with hope. At the same time, does despair lead us into hope? Does hate lead us into love? In other words, does violence and suffering play a mysterious role in bringing forth hope and love? Can violence inspire us to bring more beauty into the world?

When we show hope in the face of suffering, we are playing a part in defeating evil. Love can arise from lament. I long for a day when a final surge of love comes and evil no longer has a place.

I said these words almost two years ago. I had no idea just how tightly I'd have to hold on to these very beliefs in order to write the piece I just finished. I said those words before my piece, Eternity in an Hour, was performed. However, these words are even more applicable to the piece I just wrote that is dedicated to Stoneman Douglas High School, titled I will lament and love. The students at Stoneman Douglas are putting hope on display right now and I find this beautiful. When you sing through suffering (whether through the human voice or giving voice to an instrument through human breath), that means hope is present. A lament can hold the saddest melody, but if that melody is sung, then hope is present. These students are singing through their instruments and that shows hope and beauty.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 28 February 2020

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