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Photo Album, The

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Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba (or Tam-tam)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Going through a collection of photographs, one can experience a wide range of emotions when viewing these moments from the past captured on film. This expressive music presents a wide range of these feelings, including grief, nostalgia, joy, bitterness, and peace that can be felt when reliving these precious memories.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Reiser family for the Waverly High School Band (Waverly, Neb.) in loving memory of Alex Linscott. The composer also dedicates this work to Robert Sheldon and to the memory of Kris "Bob" Sebens.

- Program Note from score

The idea for The Photo Album first came to me shortly after I became friends with Robert Sheldon. He and I had met at the Midwest Clinic and struck up a quick and easy friendship. During the following year, his partner, Kris “Bob” Sebens, passed away. An online memorial was set up, which I visited. Scrolling through the photo album, I started to get angry. Very, very, profoundly angry. In all of the pictures, there was Bob, but Robert was almost nowhere to be found. My first reaction was that Robert was purposely being cut out of Bob’s life.

As I continued to look at the pictures, however, I had a moment of stunning revelation. Robert was in EVERY picture, but on the other side of the camera. He had captured some of the happiest moments of their lives together, preserving those ephemeral moments in time. I knew I wanted to express this emotion in a work, but I didn’t quite know how.

Flash forward a few years.... In 2018, I was contacted by Jim Kucera, director of bands at Waverly High School in Waverly, Nebraska. He and the Reiser family (close friends of Alex and her family) wanted to commission a work in memory of Alex Linscott, a student in his band that had passed away. Alex was described to me as joyful, authentic, emotional, and fearless. Once again The Photo Album idea recurred to me, as once someone is gone, photographs are usually the primary artifacts of their lives that people use to remember them. Every time you take someone’s picture in those moments, it is like saying “I love you” with every snapshot.

Old photographs can bring forth many emotions: grief, nostalgia, joy, bitterness, and peace. In the work, I have tried to communicate this complex experience, and I hope, for Alex and Bob’s sake, that I have succeeded.

- Program Note by composer


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None discovered thus far.


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