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Speak to Me

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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2016
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Concert Toms (3)
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Tam Tam
  • Sand Shaker
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle, small
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block (small)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There is a long tradition in jazz of instruments carrying on a conversation -- either intricate, soloistic dialogues (often improvised) or the call and response of larger forces. Speak to Me is above all such a conversation, at first among soloists and then among more and more performers as they gradually join in. This piece begins with a simple tune that increasingly overlaps with -- and is interrupted by -- other ideas, generating enormous energy along the way.

The piece was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy High School in LaPalma, California.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here:


  • Spurlin, Corey. "Speak to Me." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 487-495. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.