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Valedictory of Saint Paul, The

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III

Percussion I-II=III-IV, including

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended and crash)
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestral Bells)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam Tam (Gong)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tubular Bells (chimes)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Valedictory of Saint Paul was written for the Montclair State University Symphonic Band, directed by Mary Ann Craig. The work is a dramatic and highly emotional depiction of the aftermath of the Apostle Paul's conversion to Christianity. At the end of his life, Paul awaits execution in his cell but remains faithful to the cause to which he has dedicated the last thirty years. He reflects on his life's journey and writes, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." The music represents Paul's iron resolve, determination and loyalty even unto death. 

-Program Note by Composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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  • Southern Utah University Wind Symphony (Mark Stickney, conductor) - 14 October 2009
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 17 October 2007
  • New York University Wind Ensemble (C. Christian Wilhjelm, conductor) - 6 March 2007
  • Rowan University Wind Ensemble (John Pastin, conductor) - 30 November 2006

Works for Winds by this Composer

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