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Purple Heart

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David Shaffer

David Shaffer

Subtitle: Faces of Bravery

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Purple Heart (Faces of Bravery) is a powerful and dramatic musical setting written in tribute to composer David Shaffer’s former student LCpl Michael Cifuentes who, along with 14 other Marines from the Columbus, Ohio-based Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, were killed on August 3, 2005, in a roadside attack in Iraq. The subdued sonorities of the horns are blended with the subtleties of the mallet percussion, creating a compassionate and stirring setting appropriate for any concert setting.

This PowerPoint presentation may be used in conjunction with the performance of Purple Heart:

Purple Heart Power Point Presentation

Purple Heart was commissioned by the Epsilon Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Delta Epsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma and is dedicated to the life and memory of our brother Michael Cifuentes (June 26, 1980 - August 3, 2005).

- Program Note from publisher

The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • South Carolina: IV


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