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Pink Ribbon for Susan

Clarinet performed by Christopher Hill. Piano performed by Christopher Stanichar
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Orchestra
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Band
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Pink Ribbon for Susan Program Notes by Christopher Stanichar

A few years ago, my friend and clarinetist Christopher Hill and I discussed writing a composition for clarinet and string orchestra in memory of his brother who had recently passed away as a result of cancer. Chris was going through a horrible time with grief and loss, and I was happy to have the opportunity to write something for him. Unfortunately, I had to put that composition on hold in order to finish other commissions that I had committed to write at the time.

In the fall of 2012, Chris and I discussed a new composition for clarinet and orchestra. This time, cancer was attacking another beloved member of his family: his beautiful wife Susan. After struggling with breast cancer five years ago, Chris and Susan learned that, following a five year period of remission, her cancer had metastasized, resulting in diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. Susan is an inspiration to me, and Chris suggested that she be the sole subject for this work.

I set about this composition in January of 2013, and was able to complete it in a few short weeks. Every time I see Susan, her demeanor, and her beautiful smile inspire me. Although she is suffering, she doesn’t show it: she is gentle and gracious. So, I have sought to incorporate these qualities into the fabric of my composition. I wanted to something beautiful, a love poem of sorts, from her husband (represented by the clarinet) to Susan (represented by the orchestra).

The main melody occurred to me after learning that the father of one of my college friends had passed away following a long battle with stomach cancer. This news stunned me, and I didn’t know how to express my sorrow, so I sat at the piano that night in tears, and the following melody came to me. I saved this melody, and used it as the main motif for Pink Ribbon for Susan.

In the middle of Pink Ribbon for Susan, you will hear a cadenza for solo clarinet. At the end of this work, you will also hear the bare clarinet part accompanied by just a few low strings. As much as this is a composition for Susan, it is also for my friend Christopher, and these solo moments reflect their mutual grief and concern.

Susan Hill wrote the following impressions of Pink Ribbon for Susan, which appeared on her Caring Bridge Site on August 14, 2016:

The Municipal Band concert was amazing last week! There were at least 600 people in the audience! Thanks to everyone who came to support us; it is an evening I will treasure in my heart! The band played Pink Ribbon for Susan, which was written and conducted by our friend, Dr. Christopher Stanichar. My dear, sweet husband, Chris, handed Christopher the baton to conduct so he could play the clarinet solo with the band. Music friends can skip the next few sentences :) ...For all my non-music friends: this is like the sound track of a great movie: Chris and my life together. I am represented by the band and Chris by the clarinet. It starts out with a romantic style, like a slow dance, this is Chris and me meeting and falling in love, the cancer battle comes in and the same music takes on a darker sound, then in the end cancer loses and we win and it is triumphant at the end! I will win, maybe not immediately, but definitely!

Susan passed away at the age of 43 on February 16, 2017. I was honored to have this piece played at her funeral, and she has touched my life forever. I watched her daily through some really tough moments, and not once did it ever destroy her spirit. I will always remember Susan with laughter and smile, and a spirit of love, adventure and hope.

Variations on a Theme by Handel

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Work for string orchestra (16 minutes)

Peace

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Anthem for a cappella mixed choir (6 minutes)



Purple Lullaby (Two different editions)

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Extended Lullaby (8 minutes)

  1. For English horn and Piano
  2. For English horn and Strings

St. Mark Passion

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Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - 7th movement

Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - 8th movement

Cantata for choir and chamber ensemble of flute, oboe/English horn, percussion, cello, and piano (45 minutes)

Psalm LXVII

Anthem for SATB Choir and piano (5 minutes)

The Raven

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Song Cycle for Tenor or Soprano and Piano (25 minutes)

Independence Overture

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Work for orchestra in celebration of American Independence (15 minutes)

Trisagion

Music used in Ric Burn's documentary, Andy Warhol (October 2006)

Sunflowers

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Work for Orchestra (8 minutes)

Songs of Soul Mates

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Song Cycle in Four Movements for Soprano or Tenor, English Horn and Piano (20 minutes)

Bremen Town Musicians

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Work for orchestra or wind ensemble and narrator (25 minutes)

  1. For Orchestra and Narrator
  2. For Double Woodwind Quintet and Narrator

Poem for English Horn and Strings

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Work for English horn (9 minutes)

  1. For English horn and piano
  2. For English horn and strings

Windstream

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Work for Band or Orchestra (3 minutes)

Mass of the Last Supper (for Choir and Chamber Orchestra)

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Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - Credo

Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - Offertorium

Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - Sanctus

Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - Pater noster

Christopher Stanichar play MP3 - Agnus Dei

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Full setting of Mass in English for Mixed Choir and Orchestra or Piano (25 minutes)

Lilacs

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Work for String Quartet or String Orchestra (10 minutes)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Published by Trevco Music

Purple Lullaby for English Horn and Strings

Purple Lullaby for English Horn and Piano

Bremen Town Musicians

Songs of Soulmates

Poem for English Horn and Strings

Poem for English Horn and Piano