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Sydney Guillaume

Sydney Guillaume

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sydney Guillaume
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $185.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Conga
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Renesans is my first work for wind ensemble. Knowing that the piece would premiere in my native country Haiti on the ninth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010, I wanted to write a work that was reflective and at the same time uplifting. Tragedies, misfortunes and loss often force us to re-examine everything, and they also give us an opportunity to start over, creating an exciting blank page for the future. In Renesans, I imagine the strength and courage we gain after going through a dark time. The word “renesans” is Haitian Creole for “rebirth,” which is something we all go through in different ways throughout our lives.

At the beginning, everything is joyous. The powerful bass drum roll is a remembrance of the earthquake and how it changed everything, hence the reflective nature that follows. The percussion section plays a Yanvalou rhythm, which is a popular traditional Haitian rhythm. Then follows the rebuilding section -- moving on with courage, resilience and perseverance. The new-day/new-beginnings section brings back the joyous opening theme. Eventually, the opening theme is strong and bold -- similar to a Haitian Rara band celebration. At the end, we end up with a product that is better than what we started with. A complete rebirth.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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