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December Lullaby
for wind ensemble

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

   I grew up in Florida and never experienced the harshness or the beauty of winter until I was in my 20s. Now that I have lived farther north for over a decade, I still look forward to seeing the first snowfall each year. It rapidly transforms a bleak autumn landscape into a peaceful and delicate one, covering ragged leafless branches with a rounded cloak of snow. As you listen to this piece, imagine watching the first snow of the season while wrapped in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate next to a crackling fireplace. Throughout December Lullaby, there is an alternation between intimate chamber-like settings and lush full-ensemble textures. Opening with only a solo flute and piano, numerous woodwind and brass solos follow, repeating the flowing melody as more and more instruments join the texture. The middle section is more agitated and more grand, with colorful and expansive harmonies. Eventually, the return of the first melody is combined with elements from the middle section, but calmness persists through to the end.

December Lullaby was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles, including:
   The University of Memphis, Dr. Armand V. Hall, Associate Director of Bands
   Rowan University, Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands
   Viera High School, Dominick Eggen, Director of Bands
   Oyster Bay High School, Matthew Sisia, Director of Band
   Woodhaven High School, Bradley Faryniarz, Director of Bands.

Duration: ca. 4'
Grade: 3

  • 1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon
  • 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
  • 2 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba
  • Timpani, 5 Percussion (Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam, Triangle)
  • Piano (optional), Double Bass

Listen to a recording by the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators (IFC3), conducted by Dr. Timothy Paul.

Watch a performance by the Illinois State University Symphonic Band, conducted by Marykate Kuhne.

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December Lullaby for wind ensemble
Date of performance

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