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Purple Whispers

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Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (B.C. or T.C.)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal

Players vocalizing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It was an honor to write a piece for the Marshall University Wind Ensemble under the brilliant direction of Mr. Steven Barnett. Purple Whispers was premiered on a winter band concert at Marshall in 2014 and then again at The Grainger Festival in Chicago during March of the same year. I had the honor of rehearsing the band on the piece before the premiere and also had the wonderful opportunity to conduct an ensemble during the Marshall University Honor Band Clinic a few years back. Having been a small part of the music education endeavors at Marshall is something that I will always cherish. A huge thank-you goes out to the Marshall Wind Ensemble and to Steve for making the reference recording of the piece.

- Program Note by composer

This remarkable and descriptive work opens and closes with members of the ensemble whispering a poem to one another, creating a soft yet chaotic effect. The simple poem is by the composer:

Whispers move in colored flight,
seeking signs of next twilight,
purple as the violets grow,
warm but rich for all to know.

As the piece progresses, introduced by a solo piano, the listener is taken through a dynamic range of emotional tension and release before the quiet mood returns to close out this uniquely effective composition.

- Program Note from publisher


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