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Tears of Ramah

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Allen Molineux

Allen Molineux

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Contact Allen Molineux


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (or contrabassoon)
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals, medium
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Wood Block, large


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is a brief tone poem regarding what happened from the moment King Herod made the horrific decree that all male children, age two and under, be slaughtered in and around Bethlehem through the devastation made by his soldiers carrying out that order. The Bible, in an amazingly few words, encapsulates the ordeal through the eyes of a solitary mother in a small village.

Matthew 2:18:

“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

- Program Note by composer


  • Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, 2019, 1st place

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Wind Ensemble (Amy I. Acklin, conductor) - 24 October 2019
  • Hillcrest Wind Ensemble (San Diego, Calif.) (John Winkelman, conductor) - March 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Allen Molineux, personal correspondence, June 2019