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Tears of St. Lawrence (flex)

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Aaron Perrine

Aaron Perrine


Subtitle: For Adaptive Instrumentation


General Info

Year: 2014 / 2020
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Longitude 91 Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Piano
Timpani (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Key Chimes
  • Mallets
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Early last summer, my then five-year-old daughter became very interested in astronomy. She read every book in the library on the topic and became obsessed with the idea of seeing a falling star. After scanning the night sky for a few months with no success, she began to give up hope. Fortunately for all of us, the annual Perseids meteor shower -- often referred to as the “Tears of St. Lawrence” -- was quickly approaching.

One clear mid-August night, I woke my daughter a bit after midnight. Without telling her what was to come, we quietly made our way outside. After anxiously waiting for what felt like forever, we saw our first falling star together! In addition to the obvious sense of excitement, however, I couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic, because I knew that in a few short weeks, my daughter would be going to school for the first time. As we watched the stars, we took turns telling stories as we wondered what the next year would bring. Two hours and countless meteors later, I finally convinced my daughter to return to bed. Tears of St. Lawrence was inspired by the variety of emotions experienced during that memorable night.

Commissioned by the McFarland High School 9th Grade Concert Band, McFarland, Wisconsin (Joseph Hartson, Director).

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

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Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Colorado Boulder Campus Band (Zach Cheever, conductor) - 14 April 2021


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