Wolf Tears

From Wind Repertory Project
Nelson Jesus

Nelson Jesus

Subtitle: Lamento for band, based on a late Renaissance motet.

This work bears the designation Opus 26.

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is a Lamento for band based on the late Renaissance motel Audivi Vocem Caelo from the Portuguese composer Duarte Lobo (c.1565-1624).

It can be seen as a set of variations on the first four notes of the Lobo theme. First through the isolated sounds and intervals and then as motifs that develop into melodies that by their interaction seem to be written and orchestrated in a "Renaissance way."

In the final chorale, the complete moteto appears for the first time. The piece ends with a reflection between a minor tone harmony (evil) and a major melody (good). The four notes appear again, this time in a heavenly sound. Are those sounds the ones that Lobo heard from the sky?

The title Wolf Tears derives from the English translation of the last name of the mentioned composer (Lobo = wolf).

The present work won the Education category in the I WASBE Competition Contest and it was premiered after the final round in July 2017 in Utrecht with Douane Harmonie Nederland, conducted by Björn Bus.

- Program Note from score


  • WASBE Composition Competition, Education category, 2017, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Symphonic Band (Jared Chase, conductor) - 26 April 2023
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) - 4 October 2021
  • Douane Harmonie Nederland (Björn Bus, conductor) – July 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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