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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

Subtitle: For Children

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 13:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (II doubles Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbals (large and small)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by Alan and Dolly Bodick Korest for the Bower School of Music and the Arts.

- Program Note from publisher

”Because I’m sick and tired of children getting killed.”

This is all I could think about after the most recent repeat of yet another mass shooting in this ‘beloved’ country of ours.

Just the day after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students were killed, I was to begin a new piece for the FGCU wind orchestra and the Bower School of Music. Not being able to get the event out of my mind, I could only channel it into music. The only vision that kept coming to mind was that of children who will never again get to dance, as I know young people love to do, from my own experience of having four teenagers in the house.

Therefore the music is infused with dance-like rhythms, but always with an undertone of severity, or of foreboding. The dance just keeps trying to escape, to get to the forefront, but circumstances just won’t let it happen.

Finally, at the end, is a chorale filled with sadness, and then anger. The dance theme once again re-emerges in the piccolo, but eventually just gives up, representing a hopelessness for the future, felt by the composer. Hopefully I won’t have to write too many more pieces like this.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) Wind Ensemble (Tom Seddon, conductor) - 30 April 2023
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Michael E. Hancock, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • FGCU Wind Symphony (Gary Green, conductor) - 21 April 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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