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Unfamiliar Trees

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Emily Cooley

Emily Cooley

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Emily Cooley
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $200.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, small
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block, high
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Unfamiliar Trees is about both the joys and terrors of being or feeling lost. I’m often interested in nonlinear narrative and the way sonic events can trigger a listener’s expectations, which in turn may be either fulfilled or subverted. The piece is in three sections (slow-fast-slow) that flow together without pause. A floating melody, first heard in the flutes and glockenspiel, attempts to act as a sort of signpost, guiding the listener’s journey; but this melody is often overpowered by more forceful musical gestures.

- Program Note by composer

Unfamiliar Trees was commissioned and premiered by the University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony.

- Program Note by University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony concert program, 30 April 2018


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald McKinney, conductor) – 30 April 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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