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Elena Specht

Elena Specht

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Elena Specht
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $250.00; (digital) - $160.00   |   Score Only (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $45.00


1. Mountain Lake - 3:15
2. Seagulls in Morning Light – 4:10
3. Winter Forest – 3:35
4. Cottage by the Sea – 3:20


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Crystal Glasses
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When conceiving of Scenes from Home, I had a strong desire to write music in response to specific images. I chose to use the artwork hanging in my own home as inspiration. I encounter these four paintings every day, and as a composer, I thought it only logical to give a soundtrack and a story to each.

The paintings I have are all second-hand art, collected from thrift stores and previous owners who no longer wanted them. Consequently, I know little or nothing about their creators, but each work brings character to my home. Scenes from Home is, then, drawn literally from scenes in my own home, but the subject matter of each painting is very much something not in my home. Each of these images carries me out of my house to another place. Some remind me of specific places I have been, while others are truly only scenes I can imagine from these paintings. Scenes from Home explores not just what is literally depicted in the paintings, but what else I imagine is occurring -- what would happen if we pressed “play” on each of these snapshots. I imagine wildlife struggling for survival, seagulls cawing as they soar, children playing on a summer vacation, waves roaring as they crash against the shore, and more. Scenes from Home brings each painting to life, allowing us to imagine each scene in action.

- Program Note by composer

The paintings that inspired this work may be seen here.


  • Michigan State University Honors Competition in Composition, 2019, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 16 November 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Hunter Kopczynski, conductor) – 26 September 2019 *Premiere performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Elena Specht, personal correspondence, November 2019
  • Elena Specht website Accessed 23 September 2019