Laurie's Song

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (trans. Jeremy S Martin)

Subtitle: From the Opera The Tender Land

General Info

Year: 1954 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra and voice
Publisher: United States Air Force Band of the Golden West
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Solo Soprano Voice
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Laurie's Song was taken from Aaron Copland's 1954 opera The Tender Land. The opera tells of a farm family in the Midwest of the United States. Copland was inspired to write this opera after viewing the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans and reading James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. He wrote the work between 1952 and 1954 for the NBC Television Opera Workshop, with the intention of its being presented on television.

The "Laurie" of the song was the character Laurie Moss, a young girl graduating from high school and the protagonist of the opera.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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