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December Sky

By Erik Morales

Concert band - Grade 1.5
Composed by Erik Morales. Concert Band. FJH Developing Band. Score and set of parts. Duration 2 minutes, 36 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1282).

Item Number: FJ.B1282

This beautiful yet simple ballad evokes the images of a clear night sky and its humbling grandeur. While all individual parts are quite playable, the work uses interesting harmonies and careful orchestration to make your group shine. A great way to develop musicality, and a gem that surely belongs on your next concert.
On a crisp, cold night in December, she gazes upward and stands in awe of the heavens. She realizes that the earth is only a tiny part of something greater. This scenario provides the backdrop for this composition, which was inspired by the night sky as viewed by my six-year-old from our home in Louisiana. It begins with the theme in the clarinets. The rest of the ensemble gradually reveals itself, as if one discovers a star not previously noticed in the sky. The music reaches its climax at measure 34, where we are humbled by the sheer multitude of stars in the sky and realize our place in the universe. The piece ends with twinkling stars portrayed in the flute, oboe, clarinet, and bells.

About FJH Developing Band

Slightly more advanced than beginning band. Clarinet 1 begins to play over the break. Rhythms and ranges are expanded to accommodate the end of first-year as well as second-year instruction. Grade 1.5

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  • 4

    wilmington, de
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2007-12-14 00:00:00.0 Love this

    This is such a beautiful, sure to get the woodwinds excited not so much for brass players like me. be sure you have a killer clarinet section with perfect yet totally broken in reeds, the beginning is just calling for squeaks. hope this was helpful. buy the piece its so...

    pretty !

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  • 5

    Wyoming, MI
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  • 2007-12-02 00:00:00.0 Awesome

    I think December Sky is such a beautiful song. It is very flowy when you really listen to it. When you really listen to it and understand the song, you know what it's all about. It's all about Erik's six year old daughter looking up into the...

    sky during a calming and beautiful Christmas day.

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