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October

From Wind Repertory Project
Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carpe Ranam / Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

In measure 35, the Eb clarinet note on the and of beat 4 should be an F instead of a Gb.
In measure 35 of the score, the last note in the flute part is an Ab. The flute 2 part has this notated as a Bbb. The part is incorrect. (this error is not present on Flute parts labeled 2nd. ed., 11/01)
In measure 54, the trumpet 2 note on beat 1 should be an F# instead of F natural (same as clarinet 3).
In measure 93, part and score, the half note in the Alto Sax and Horn 1&2 parts should be dotted.


Program Notes

October is my favorite month. Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle change in light always make me a little sentimental, and as I started to sketch I felt that same quiet beauty in the writing. The simple, pastoral melodies and subsequent harmonies are inspired by the great English romantics (Vaughan Williams and Elgar) as I felt that this style was also perfectly suited to capture the natural and pastoral soul of the season. I'm quite happy with the end result, especially because I feel there just isn't enough lush, beautiful music written for winds.

October was commissioned by the Nebraska Wind Consortium, Brian Anderson, Consortium Chairman. October was premiered on May 14th, 2000, and is dedicated to Brian Anderson, the man who brought it all together.

- Program Note by Eric Whitacre


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: VI. Complete
  • Wisconsin: VI


Performances

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  • Tualatin (Ore.) Valley Community Band (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Michael Lebrias, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Pershauna Johnson, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Corey Seapy, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Encore Wind Ensemble (Saint Paul, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 22 September 2019
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Preparatory Wind Orchestra (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Longhorn Concert Band (Tiffany Galus, conductor) – 22 April 2019
  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Symphonic Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) – 16 April 2019 (Iowa City, Iowa)
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Campbell, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • West Orange (N.J.) High School Wind Ensemble (Lew Kelly, conductor) – 14 March 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York)


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