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December Lullaby
for wind ensemble

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

   December Lullaby is a gently flowing piece that alternates between intimate chamber-like settings and lush tuttis. Featuring numerous woodwind solos, including the flute, oboe, clarinet, and alto saxophone, the piece has an extensive optional piano part that runs throughout. In 3/2 time, the lilting melody in the beginning is passed around the orchestra before finally settling into a cadence. Then, the middle section is more agitated and more grand, with a colorful modulation and expansive harmonies. 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 reading by the Truman State University Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Curran Prendergast.

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December Lullaby for wind ensemble
Date of performance

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