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The Raven

Music by Jim DePriest

The Raven is a masterpiece of encapsulating the grief of losing someone close to you and the struggle to overcome that loss. In this interpretation of the classic poem, time is the center piece. It is time that it takes to mourn a loss and time that is our enemy as we endure pain.  Midnight Dreary opens with a giant chord, like a curtain rising, then only the sound of a clock, slowly ticking as time passes. I was fortunate to have an outstanding violinist and guitar player, so I originally wrote the solos for those instruments.  I have re-written it for a solo flute, but it could be any instrument and I would be glad to write for whatever instrument you need. As far as the guitar part, it is not necessary for the shows success since I wrote the music to be played with or without that part. The Raven can be complete with or without the script. A wonderful way to incorporate great literature and music in a cross-curricular experience.

About The Raven
  • The Raven requires no special license

  • The cost of the full show is $525 (without changes)

  • The show can be done as one full program or each piece purchased separately.

  • The Raven can be done with or without a script. 

  • A rehearsal MP3 for color guard

  • License is for one season.

  • Any major changes requested are an additional charge.        (except solo changes)

  • QUESTIONS? Contact me

Instrumentation include:  All parts are sent in PDF

(I don't send finale parts)

Winds - Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Horn, Trumpet 1,2,3, Trombone 1,2, Baritone BC, Tuba

(Bari sax available if needed.)

Drumline - Cymbals, Snareline, Tenorline (Quints), Bassline (5 Drums)

Front Ensemble - Piano/ Keyboard, Bass guitar, Synth Pad, Electric Guitar, Bells, Xylophone 1, 2, Vibraphone 1,2, Marimba 1,2, Timpani, Chimes, Auxilliary Percussion

1st Trumpet Range - B above staff

The music does not need 2 of each mallet part to sound complete.

Grade 3
The Raven
The Raven

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary...

Quoth the Raven


Midnight Dreary


Once Upon A Midnight Dreary-LegatoArtist Name
00:00 / 02:14



The Raven- LenoreArtist Name
00:00 / 02:31



NevermoreArtist Name
00:00 / 02:33
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