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In Perfect Silence, I Often Gaze at the New Stars

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Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo


General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50; (digital) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute (div. a4)
Oboe (div. a2)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I div. a2)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (I div. a2)
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-VII (6-7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

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Program Notes

On a Sunday afternoon in May of 2011 tornados devastated the city of Joplin, Missouri. In Perfect Silence, I Often Gaze at the New Stars is intended as a musical tribute to those who lost their lives that day and to those heroes who gave everything they could to help others. The music is a beautiful blending of sounds and moods, and carries with it a full range of emotions from reflective quiet moments to the massive outpouring from the entire ensemble. An evocative and moving work for band that will resonate with both performers and listeners.

- Program note from publisher


As I was writing this piece, I found myself becoming very emotional as I realized time and time again that I would never (and could never) understand the pain the residents of Joplin, Missouri, must have felt as tornadoes devastated their city on that Sunday afternoon in May of 2011.

To their director, Rick Castor, and to the band members and their parents, as well as to the faculty and administration of Joplin High School, I will be forever indebted to you for asking me to write this piece. In Perfect Silence... is meant as a musical tribute to those who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy as well as to those heroes who gave everything they could to help others, including their own lives.

- Program note by composer


This emotional work is meant as a musical tribute to those who lost their lives when tornadoes devastated the city of Joplin, Missouri. Soft, sustained notes in the flute and clarinets introduce a reflective melody first stated by solo alto saxophone and solo horn. Other sections join in as the music builds to a dramatic outpouring of emotion from the full ensemble, A slightly faster section continues to present the original melody, now in a more majestic manner, as the piece proceeds to a dramatic conclusion. This emotion-filled piece is ideal piece for show- casing a band’s musical maturity and sensitivity.

- Program note from The Instrumentalist, February 2013


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