Life Stream

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

Subtitle: For Symphonic Winds and Percussion

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $395.00   |   Score Only (print) - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal (medium large)
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle (medium)
  • Wood Block (medium)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The opening of my work Life-Stream, inspired by the deeply thoughtful poem Stream of Life [by Rabindranath Tagore], is a flash of joyful rapid movement. In the poem, life flows, runs, throbs, rocks, dances, shouts in joy. It is a stream flowing through all living things.

My piece celebrates the poems' life-affirming message. Short musical motives or gestures are layered upon one another forming intricate collages.

The middle of section is calm, reflecting on the words, “It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean, cradle of birth, and of death, in ebb and in flow. “Here, the music gently rocks like a quiet lullaby, an occasional birdsong fluttering high above.

A bright, ecstatic mood returns, and the music builds to an exuberant climax. But then the musical ideas begin to vanish, one at a time, in a gradual fade to silence. Life’s dance goes on.

- Program Note by composer

Life-Stream was commissioned by the Jackson High School Music Department (Massillon, Ohio), Scott Eversdyke and Michele Monigold, directors.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) - 28 September 2023
  • Lone Star Youth Winds (Dallas, Tx.) (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) - 15 May 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Ticheli, F.; Tagore, R. (2022). Life-Stream: For Symphonic Winds and Percussion [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.