Winds A' "Whispering"

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John Schonberger

John Schonberger (arr. Pierre La Plante)

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Subtitle: Based on Whispering (1920) by John Schonberger

General Info

Year: 1920 / 2009
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop song
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal, large
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1920, Whispering became a million-record seller for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. It was used to dance the foxtrot and, in fact, it was the #2 song for 1920! Long after the sentimental lyrics were mostly forgotten, the “melody lingered on” in numerous performances and recordings by artists including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and Les Paul.

Pierre LaPlante’s setting uses this flowing melody to introduce students to the music of the early 20th century.

- Program Note from Smitha Middle School 8th Grade Symphonic Band concert program, 16 October 2019


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Smitha Middle School (Marietta, Ga.) 8th Grade Symphonic Band (Brian Nichols, conductor) – 16 October 2019

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