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“Puckett should be a household word.”

Parterre Box
Live performance from LSU School of Music

wind ensemble
10 minutes

commissioned by a consortium led by the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music


Oboe I-II
B-flat Clarinets I-II-III [2 on a part, preferably]
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet in B-flat I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

Percussion 5 players
Double Bass


My daughter, Avelynn, arrived on a spring morning with a pep in her step. Since day one, she has had the energy of three babies [although, to be honest, I’m not sure how that is measured].

Our nighttime routine has become set in stone. I give her a bath, put her in her pajamas, and we read a book or two. And then we come to my favorite portion of the routine: the lullabies. Doing my part, I sing her slow lullabies while rocking her and she does her part, fighting the onset of sleep.

By far her favorite lullaby is the one my mother used to sing to me: “Sail Far Away, Sail Across the Sea, Only don’t forget to Sail, back again to me.”

At least, I thought it was the one my mother used to sing to me. I got curious about the rest of the verses and found that the piece was written in 1898 by Alice Riley and Jesse Gaynor and has only a passing resemblance to the song I remember my mother singing to me. Better yet, it has virtually no resemblance to the lullaby I had been singing to Avelynn!

So Avelynn’s Lullaby is both a journey of daddy trying to coax daughter to sleep and a journey of daughter enjoying the song, fighting sleep and eventually succumbing to slumber.

Avelynn’s Lullaby was commissioned by a consortium of American Universities led by the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, John Carnahan, conductor.



Recording from North Texas University with Eugene Corporon conducting.