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Stars in a Velvety Sky

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Herbert L. Clarke

Herbert L Clarke

General Info

Year: 1919
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: V / IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
Solo Cornet
D-flat Piccolo
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stars in a Velvety Sky was published in 1919 by Carl Fischer. The piece dates from after Clarke played with the Sousa Band and is dedicated to John Philip Sousa. The years from the turn of the century until 1921 found Clarke continuing to perform, testing cornets for the Conn Company in Elkhart (Indiana), beginning to write his four instructional methods for cornet, and most importantly, recording extensively.

- Program Note from Brigham Young University Symphonic Band concert program, 28 February 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor; Allan Dean, trumpet) – 20 September 2017
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor; Logan Anderson, trumpet) – 28 February 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor; Martin Handwerker, trumpet) – 22 May 2016
  • Austin (Minn.) Symphony Orchestra (Stephen J. Ramsey, conductor) – 25 October 2015

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