Cradle Moon


Cradle Moon


Holmquist, Carl

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

Cradle Moon is a setting of a lullaby tune that has been passed down through at least five generations of the composer’s family. This lovely piece will take the audience on a journey through serene melody, lush harmony, and weaving countermelodies before ultimately returning to the calm setting of a child drifting off to sleep.

Program Notes

Cradle Moon was commissioned by the Folly Quarter Middle School Band (MD), Andrew Spang, conductor. It is a setting of a lullaby that has been passed down through at least five generations in my wife's family. Despite significant research into the text and tune, I have not come up with a source for this melody. The piece opens peacefully with the harmonized melody first presented by the clarinets and alto saxophones. After a transitional phrase in the brass, which brings greater harmonic dissonance, the growing intensity releases into a climactic phrase in which Away in a Manger (Trumpet 1) and an ornamented delivery of Amazing Grace (Euphonium, Tenor Sax, Bassoon) encircle our lullaby melody. The music then calms and settles, as a child drifting off to sleep. -C.H.

Grade Level: 2.5
Copyright: 2021
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 3:30

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Sample PDF

  • Cradle_Moon.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    B-falt Baritone T.C.

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Vibraphone (or Bells)
    Marimba [4-oct.](or Vibraphone)
    Percussion 1 [2 players]: Wind Chimes, Snare Drum, Bass Drum
    Percussion 2: Suspended Cymbal, Triangle]