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O Cool Is the Valley

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Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti

Subtitle: Poem for Band (After a poem by James Joyce)

This work bears the designation Opus 118.

General Info

Year: 1971
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Elkan Vogel, Inc / Theodore Presser Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Full Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Snare Drum (wire brushes)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

O Cool Is the Valley parallels the mood of the James Joyce poem. It is a colorful but quiet piece requiring meaningful melodic playing and sensitive playing. The opening motive generates the pastoral musical textures of two contrasting themes.

This piece was premiered by the Bowling Green University Band on February 5, 1972, with the composer conducting. It was commissioned by the Ohio Music Education Association.

- Program Notes from score

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Allison Lacasse, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (France Performance Tour)
  • Salem Band (Winston Salem, N.C.) (Eileen Young, conductor) - 4 February 2020
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – – 1 October 2019
  • North Idaho College (Coeur d'Alene) Wind Symphony (Bryan Hannaford, conductor) – 20 March 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (James T. Madeja, conductor) – 19 November 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Persichetti, V. (1972). O cool Is the Valley [full score]. Elkan-Vogel, Bryn Mawr, Penn.