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Poem (Boerma)

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Scott Boerma

Scott Boerma


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00    |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani (4)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Poem is a tender and gentle tribute to Bernie Kuschel, one of Michigan's finest music educators. The undulating eighth-note melodies are supported with chromatic harmonies reminiscent of Debussy or Wagner. An off-stage trombone solo brings the work to a quiet finish.

Poem was written for Bernie Kuschel and was commissioned by the South Shore Concert Band, Dale Reuss, conductor.

- Program Note from score


The original working title for Poem was Elegy, which typically suggests a mournful, sorrowful composition. As the piece naturally unfolded, and due to a request from Bernie Kuschel's family, it became clear that the work needed to express not only the sadness of losing this great man, but also the beauty and joy that his life represented, Like written poetry, this musical poem expresses through it aural and rhythmic inflections hat prose simply cannot.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


Media

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State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Perry Gatch, conductor) - 9 March 2022
  • Traverse City (Mich.) West Senior High Wind Ensemble (Chad Mielens, conductor) - 5 March 2022


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Boerma, Scott. "Poem." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 523-5292. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.