As its title suggests, Placid is a peaceful, restful ballad. Transport your audiences to a quiet, clear night with a fresh blanket of snow. The lovely melody carries through the entire piece, as it is passed from musician to musician. I'm told it evokes echoes of a Charlie Brown Christmas. Scored for three horns and rhythm, with optional parts for flugel horn, trombone, flute, clarinet, and all four saxophones.