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True Love of Mine

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Thomas Singletary

Thomas Singletary

Subtitle: A Fantasy on Scarborough Fair for Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Thomas Singletary
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

True Love of Mine is a set of variations on the English folk song Scarborough Fair. The melody uses the Dorian mode similar to other British folk melodies in the band repertoire such as Grainger's Rufford Park Poachers, Vaughn Williams' My Bonny Boy, and Holst's I'll Love My Love. The simultaneous sounding of the sixth and seventh scale degrees of the Dorian mode creates a colorful dissonance that is used throughout the piece to represent longing and heartache.

After an introduction, the entire theme is first presented using traditional harmonies by a saxophone quartet. In subsequent variations, we hear the melody inverted, stated in canon, fragmented, transformed, and widely varied in meter and tonality. Each musical variation represents an emotion we may experience in the complex journey of a loving relationship -- beginning with loneliness, then excitement, fulfillment, nostalgia, frustration, happiness and celebration.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) – 21 February 2018
  • Seminole All-County Honor Band (Florida), (Thomas Singletary, conductor) - 27 January 2018
  • Morehead State University Concert Band (Kentucky), (Thomas Singletary, conductor) - 4 May 2017
  • Kansas All-State Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 25 February 2017
  • District 3 Honor Band (Florida), (Thomas Singletary, conductor) - 30 January 2016

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