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Time: A River of Passing Events

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Time: A River of Passing Events was commissioned by the Maple Place Middle School Band in Oceanport, New Jersey. The band’s director, Dianne Ruggeri, is a personal friend and is the recipient if the 2007 New Jersey Teacher of the Year Award.

The work uses passing tones, perhaps the most prominent non-chord tone in music, to propel the piece forward through a variety of changes in color and texture. It was written as a sequel to Suspended Animation which teaches the concept and function of the suspension. The descriptive title of the piece is based on a quote by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius:

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

-Program Note by Composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • North Allegheny High School Intermediate Band (Todd Stefan, conductor) - 15 May 2009

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