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Winter Blossom

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Xi Wang

Xi Wang

Subtitle: In Memory of Steven Stucky

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 17:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts Rental (print) - $500.00; (digital) - $400.00


1. - 6:00
2. - 5:20
3. - 5:45


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom (5)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks (5)
  • Xylophone

Players singing


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Program Notes

About Winter Blossom the composer writes:

Steven Stucky died on February 14, 2016 -- a cold winter’s day in Ithaca, N.Y., but also a day of “warmth” and love -- Valentine’s Day. His spirit, through his incredible music shall radiate with his students and audiences ever after.

Stucky’s sudden death was a shock to the musical world. The composing process of Winter Blossom is a journey of me going through stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These stages are not necessarily linear. An outcry of enormous sorrow, the first movement is a profound lament. Two melodic motives are quoted from Stucky’s music -- the opening melody from his Symphony, and the minor second descending motive from his Elegy of August 4, 1964. The movement arrives at its climax with heavy and dark harmonies. The second movement is a storm of juxtaposing multiple musical ideas and contrasting emotions vertically while each idea evolves and develops horizontally. The last movement, beginning with chimes, is an adagio that unfolds patiently. The turbulent and anguished motives from the second movement eventually evolve to tranquility and the serene. May Steven Stucky forever rest in peace and love.

Both Stucky and Cynthia Johnston Turner are very dear professors and friends in my life. When Cynthia asked if I would write a wind ensemble piece in memory of Steven Stucky, I was honored and thrilled. The piece was commissioned by WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) and 32 consortium members. It is premiered by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble at the University of Georgia under the direction of my friend Cynthia Johnston Turner on March 2, 2018.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 27 January 2020
  • Orquestra de Sopros da Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal) (Alberto Roque, conductor) - 18 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 5 April 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Ensemble (Stephen Peterson, conductor) – 21 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 2 March 2018 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer