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Red Clay and Mississippi Delta

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Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman

Subtitle: Scherzo for Wind Quintet

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: V. Coleman Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $35.00


Full Score
Flute (doubles Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Red Clay is a short work that combines the traditional idea of musical scherzo with living in the South. It references the background of my mother's side of the family that hails from the Mississippi delta region. From the juke joints and casino boats that line the Mississippi river, to the skin tone of kinfolk in the area: a dark skin that looks like it came directly from the red clay. The solo lines are instilled with personality, meant to capture the listener’s attention as they wail with “bluesy” riffs that are accompanied (‘comped’) by the rest of the ensemble. The result is a virtuosic chamber work that merges classical technique and orchestration with the blues dialect and charm of the south.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 9 February 2019
  • Imani Winds - 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Coleman, V. (2009). Red Clay and Mississippi Delta [score]. V. Coleman Music: New York.
  • Valerie Coleman website Accessed 6 February 2019