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Mercury's March

for beginning band (Grade 1)

PDF Instant Download: Score and Parts


cover of a music score titled, Jupiter. dark starry background with image of the planet Jupiter

I wrote Fossil Light for an orchestration workshop in graduate school back in 2010-11.  The title was inspired by a line in a book where the author referred to starlight as "Fossil Light." Each movement depicts a different viewpoint of the light: the bold, intense sight at the source of the star, the faint, ages-old dots we see in the sky, and the traveling of the light particles in between.  ​Though score and parts are unfortunately unavailable, I'm always up for a commission! Please send me a note if you would be interested in collaborating! 

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About the Work


I completed Steps for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble in 2015.  At that point in time, Steps was the second movement of a two-movement work, That Takes Care 'a That (silly name for a dissertation!). Since then, I have decided to turn it into a stand-alone piece.  Below, you'll find the original score and sample recordings. Though revisiting a work that is a few years old can be a daunting task for a composer, there are some moments in Steps that I'm truly excited about developing more.  My goal is to complete the work by 2025. ​


Are you a saxophonist, conductor, or member of an ensemble that would be interested in being part of the process and premiere? Or, would you simply like to be among the first to know when the score and parts are available? Please let me know by filling out the form below.  I'm open to putting together a consortium, and I would much appreciate any help or feedback. 

Send me a note to be part of the process/premiere or to be the first to know when the score is available!

Thanks for your interest in Steps! Can't wait to wrap it up! Cheers - Laura

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Synthesized Recordings 

Steps - Synthesized - Excerpt1Laura M. Kramer
00:00 / 03:04
Steps - Synthesized - Excerpt2Laura M. Kramer
00:00 / 03:10


Score Preview: Full Instrumentation

Score Preview: Flex Instrumentation

Program Note

Mercury’s March depicts imaginary scenes in a day of the life of Mercury, the god of trade and messenger of the gods. First, the low brass introduce a sly yet bold mantra that portrays Mercury boldly marching through town.  During his patrol, he flaunts his caduceus, a wand entwined with two serpents that has magical powers to put mortals to sleep, raise the dead, and turn anything it touches into gold. Known for trickery, his antics can be heard through glissandi in the trombones as well as a second melody that slithers and wanders. This second melody portrays Mercury’s strength through the use of the Dorian mode. By highlighting the raised sixth scale degree, triumphant harmonies are created. As the piece progresses, customers trading and bantering with Mercury can be heard through short, accented figures that pass from one group of instruments to another.  And, sometimes, clashing notes even result!

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