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Tender Hearts

for wind band and silent filmNEW

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1. Prelude
2. Tender Hearts (1909)

Some years ago I had the opportunity to work with students on a silent film scoring project in California, sponsored by the Mary Pickford Foundation, and quickly became interested in composing something to one of these beautiful works of art myself. Pickford was a genius: not just an actress, but also a producer, writer, businesswoman, and film industry pioneer. I especially liked the idea of not simply scoring the short film, but incorporating it into a larger movement where the music hints at and expands on the story’s charming themes.

Tender Hearts is dedicated to Lila Fagan for 36 years of outstanding service and leadership in music education.

Genres:   New WorksWinds

Subgenres:   Large EnsembleEducational


2Fl Ob 3Cl BCl 2Bn Saxes(AATB) 3Tpt 4Hn 3Trb Euph Tba Cb Timp Perc(6)

Commissioned by

Rodney C. Schueller, for the West Aurora School District 129 Bands

West Aurora High School Band Boosters
West Aurora Middle School Band Boosters
California State University – Northridge
Clemson University
Illinois State University
Libertyville High School
Luther College
Yorkville High School


December 12, 2019, West Aurora High School Wind Symphony, Rod Schueller, conductor

Recent Performances

  • May 1, 2022 - West Chester University Wind Ensemble at Madeleine Wind Adler Theatre. Conducted by Dr. Andrew Yozviak.
  • December 12, 2019 - West Aurora High School Wind Symphony at West Aurora HS, IL. Conducted by Dr. Rod Schueller. WORLD PREMIERE