Hal Leonard Goodnight Moon - Whitacre/Mosenbichler-Bryant - Concert Band

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Lyrics: Margaret Wise Brown
Composer: Eric Whitacre
Arranger: Verena Mosenbichler-Bryant
Format: Score and Parts
Instrumentation: Concert Band and Solist

"Over the past few years I must have read Goodnight Moon to my son a thousand times - maybe more. Somewhere around reading number 500, I began hearing little musical fragments as I read, and over time those fragments began to blossom into a simple, sweet lullaby. I knew it was a long shot, but I asked my manager, Claire Long, to contact HarperCollins and see if they would allow the text to be set to music. To my surprise and delight they agreed - the first time they had ever allowed Goodnight Moon to be used in such a way. I composed the piece relatively quickly, originally setting the text for harp, string orchestra, and my son's mother, soprano Hila Plitmann.

I later arranged Goodnight Moon for SATB choir and piano. More recently, my dear friend Verena Mosenbichler-Bryant arranged the piece for wind ensemble and soloist. The melody of Goodnight Moon will forever make me think of those quiet nights, reading my son to sleep." - Eric Whitacre
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