Jeanie Murrow, arr. Lovrien
Last Silent Noël
(STRING ORCHESTRA, GRADE 3) Jeanie Murrow's touching piano piece set for concert band by David Lovrien. The composer writes, "My mother, Mary Helen Novak, died 3 days before Christmas in 2016; it was unexpected. My father Daniel Novak, died a year later on December 26, the day after Christmas. In this piece, the opening motif is Mom calling to Dad from Heaven, to come join her; throughout the piece she continues to prod him with that starting motif. Her Christmas song is Silent Night. He answers her with The First Noel, indicating that he would like just one more Christmas with loved ones. Finally, they both sleep in Heavenly Peace."
Premiered December 2019 by the Arlington Martin High School orchestra, Jamie Ovalle conducting.
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