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Our Yesterdays Lengthen like Shadows

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Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Works
Cost: Score & Parts - $75.00   


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet,br /> 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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This composition involves a very complex series of textured melodies that surround one ever-present note. This one note (Concert Eb) is sustained throughout the entire piece without any break.

-Note to the performer by the composer

The 2008 South Carolina High School All-State Band commissioned Our Yesterdays Lengthen Like Shadows. Although this composition appears simple at first sight, it is a very complex series of textured melodies that surround one ever-present note. This one note (E-flat) is sustained through the entire piece without any break and is undetectable until the end when the ensemble sings the note in unison. The melodies and harmonies that occur around this one note symbolize the events and experiences in our lives. The one ever-present note symbolizes you, just one part in a complex movement of auditory shapes.

-Program notes by William Johnson


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State Ratings

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  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Robin Linaberry, conductor) - 25 April 2022
  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Symphonic Winds (Melissa Lichter, conductor) – 15 November 2015
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Rich Smucker, conductor) - 5 December 2014
  • Oroville (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Jim Christensen, conductor) - 8 June 2013
  • Arroyo Grande High School (California) Wind Ensemble (Anthony Yi, conductor) - 3 June 2013
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 27 October 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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None discovered thus far.