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James Mobberley

James Mobberley

Subtitle: For Soprano and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cautious Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $205.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal, small and medium
  • Tam-Tam, small
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written for Stephen Davis and Rebecca Sherburn and the UMKC Wind Symphony.

- Program Note from score

My father: wordsmith, philosopher, lover of learning; yet his most meaningful words were most often about the love of his life for 61 years. Near the end he lost his words, but not the love that inspired them.

TEXTS (unpublished)

My darling
How do I love thee?
The ways of love are countless -
countless joys with which you bless my life

Moments tender, sweet…

Moments tender
Life’s brimming overfull with love
A vivid sunrise as successive days dawn,
a knowing touch,
a sensitive ear,
a gentle answer
And when purple twilight falls about you,
the beauty of a shared sunset

as devotion fades into remembrance

For years of love and life, I am, for all these things
most grateful, darling
[always and forever.]

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) Symphonic Band (Scott Boerma, conductor; Lindsey Kesselman, soprano) – 17 February 2020
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 19 November 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Terrence Milligan, conductor) – 1 February 2018
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Wind Symphony (Joeseph Parisi, conductor) - 2009

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • James Mobberley, personal correspondence, April 2019
  • James Mobberley website Accessed 28 January 2018
  • Mobberley, J. (2007). Words of Love: For Soprano and Wind Ensemble [score]. Cautious Music: [Liberty, Mo.].
  • Perusal score