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Whisper to their Souls

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Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

Subtitle: Based on 'Greensleeves'

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone


  • Cover of score uses "Soul" instead of "Souls."

Program Notes

Here is a unique and creative setting of the familiar tune Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) that opens with the melody scored softly for the woodwinds. The full ensemble contributes a series of harmonically rich phrases until the work reaches an emotional climax at the powerfully scored key change. While this is certainly effective as a holiday offering, it can be performed as a memorable tone poem any time of the year.

- Program note by publisher

Commissioned by the Eastside High School Bands of Covington, GA, and their director, D. Alan Fowler, in memory of his father, Thomas S. Fowler (1941-2004).

Commercial Discography


Preview audio; ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Hazo, Samuel R. (2008). Whisper to their souls [score]. Hal Leonard Corporation: Milwaukee, Wisc.