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Symphony for the Sons of Nam

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James Kimo Williams

James Kimo Williams (trans. Scott Wise)

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General Info

Year: 1990 / 1994 / 2016
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: String quartet
Publisher: Omik Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $50.00


1. Chapter 1 – 10:30
2. Chapter 2 – 8:20


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Remembering the past can provide images that a composer can best express through music. With Symphony for the Sons of Nam, I have formed musical interpretations which reflect my experience as a soldier in Vietnam.

Initially written for string quartet, Symphony for the Sons of Nam was expanded to full orchestra in 1992. The score is broken down into four chapters with individual "events" representing snapshots of my most vivid images from the war. In 1986, after marching in the "Chicago Welcome Home Parade" for Vietnam veterans, I felt a desire to finally confront the emotions from my own time in Vietnam. Symphony for the Sons of Nam, along with other compositions, is a musical recollection of memories from my service in Vietnam and represents my personal catharsis. Events leading to my arrival in Vietnam in 1970 and my departure 11 months later are represented here as Chapters 1 and 2. Chapters 3and 4 are yet to be completed.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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