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Pastorale is inspired by the prevalence of wide open farmland that can be found sprawling across the American Midwest. Driving across seemingly endless swaths of cornfields and dairy farms puts one in a contemplative mood, and the vastness of the landscape is certainly beautiful. This tranquil expanse is reflected with open harmonies and a yearning melody that always ends inconclusively. Every time this melody returns, it is mirrored by multiple parts of the ensemble in different configurations, first in two parts and at the climax in three parts simultaneously.

Pastorale was chosen as the runner up in the 2021 Women Band Directors International Composition Competition.

Pastorale is also scored for full orchestra and string orchestra.

Duration: ca 4'
Grade: 3

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    Full Wind Ensemble Instrumentation:
  • 1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon
  • 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet
  • 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
  • 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba
  • Timpani + 3 Percussion: Vibraphone/Marimba, Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal
  • Piano (optional), Double Bass (optional)

  • Flexible Wind Ensemble Instrumentation:
  • 1: Flute/Oboe/Clarinet/Trumpet
  • 2: Flute/Oboe/Clarinet/Trumpet/Alto Saxophone
  • 3: Clarinet/Trumpet/Alto Saxophone/French Horn
  • 4: Tenor Saxophone/French Horn/Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon
  • 5: Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone/Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon/Double Bass/Tuba
  • Piano (optional)
  • Timpani + 3 Percussion: Vibraphone/Marimba, Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal

Watch a performance of the full band version by the Illinois State University Symphonic Band, conducted by T.J. Mack:

Watch the premiere of the flex version by the Baltimore School for the Arts Wind Symphony, conducted by Anoa Green:

Pastorale is currently published by Murphy Music Press and Roger Zare Music. To purchase printed scores and sets of parts, please visit Murphy Music Press. You may purchase pdfs of the full or flex versions directly from Roger Zare Music using the PayPal buttons below. If you need a quote for a purchase order, please contact me.

Pastorale for wind ensemble
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