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I loved well those cities

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bandworks Publications - Official Website
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score - $10.00


Full Score (with Narrator)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I loved well those cities..., for narrator and band, was commissioned by The Goldman Memorial Band, Dr. C. Christian Wilhjelm, Director, and is based on excerpts of Walt Whitman’s poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Originally written in 1856 (revised 1881) the poem is at once a reflective and sensuous work, full of Whitman’s detailed impressions of the landscape of Manhattan and Brooklyn as seen from a ferry boat on the East River. Whitman offers his intensely personal observations to people not yet born, to generations “a hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence”, of the beauty of his New York. Whitman informs us that the joys we receive from our senses in observing a sunrise, or being part of a crowd, or watching ships sailing on a river were the same joys experienced by him ages ago. The poem is a fascinating tribute to cities everywhere and to the timelessness of the human spirit.

-Program Note by the Composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 19 April 2012
  • Ridgewood Concert Band (C. Christian Wilhjelm, conductor) - 19 May 2006

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