On Wings of Song

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Eric Ewazen

Eric Ewazen

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Subtitle: Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piccolo and orchestra
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $59.95


1. Over distant, murmuring waves
2. Under serene moonlight
3. All earthly cares entwining
4. Shall fade away in dreams


Full Score
Solo C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II

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Program Notes

Mendelssohn’s classic art song, On Wings of Song, set to the poetry to Heinrich Heine, provided the inspiration for the music. The sublime melody has become part of the repertory of musicians of every type -- flutists perform the vocal line with the original piano accompaniment, pianists perform Liszt’s transcription for solo piano, and violinists play Heifitz’s setting for violin and piano. The text of Heine’s love poem describes the power of melody to transport a pair of lovers to a magical garden. This sense of music soaring through the skies made a wonderful image, and is so appropriate to the soaring nature of the piccolo. The piece was written for and dedicated to piccoloist Jan Gippo.

- Program Note from publisher

Dedicated to piccoloist Jan Gippo who commissioned the work.

- Program Note from score


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ewazen, E.; Gippo, J.; Wacker, T.; IUP Wind Ensemble (2010). On Wings of Song : Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tx.