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Solemn Message, A

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Franklin D. Hansen

Franklin Hansen

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arden Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown   


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Solemn Message was written to illustrate the devastating effects of cancer on the lives of millions — not only those physically suffering from it — but also those who have had their lives upturned with the diagnosis of a loved one.

The piece reads like an elegy, beginning with a pensive and anticipatory introduction. Solos transform and weave through the layers of the piece as an illustration of isolation and emptiness, which eventually escalate into a massive soundscape, heavy with the weight of grief and worry. With the bass drum and timpani echoing the beating of a heart, the piece becomes a reminder of the fragility of human life, in both the physical and the emotional sense. However, in the wake of the crushing climax, a thread of hope emerges as a clarinet solo, mirroring the piece’s introduction. This leads gently to the final chord in major where, in the aftermath of sorrow and devastation, there comes a fragment of warmth and reassurance with the knowledge that things will eventually heal.

- Program Note by Emily Ta

Commercial Discography

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