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As the scent of spring rain

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Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

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General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OK Feel Good Music
Cost: Parts (Rental) - $225.00   |   Score Only (Purchase) - $24.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


In Parts:

  • Flute II, m.66: Part should read: B-flat half note, E-flat(4) half note (+ fermata) with a decrescendo
  • Oboe, m.66: Part should be a B-flat whole note (essentially, Flute II and Oboe parts are flip-flopped)
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.46: E-sharp and D-sharp

Program Notes

As the scent of spring rain... comes from a translation of the evocative first line of a love poem by Israeli poet Leah Goldberg. The poem itself was introduced to me by a good friend of mine a number of years ago, and I have a strong memory of how much the beauty of the original Hebrew and the imagery in her translation touched me. Because of that I deliberately did not work from the poem itself but only from my memory of it, which was so special to me that I didn't want to disturb it with a re-reading which would create a new and different experience. As a result, the harmonic language, structure, and orchestration all aim to conjure the intense juxtaposition of sweetness and sadness which I most remember from the poem.

The work was premiered on 8 October 2003 with the Emory University Wind Ensemble, Scott A. Stewart, conductor.

- Program Notes by Jonathan Newman


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) - 10 October 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 18 September 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Win Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 12 December 2018
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) - 9 March 2017 (82nd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 31 January 2017
  • UCLA Wind Ensemble (Leo Sakomoto, conductor) - 14 May 2008
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) - 01 May 2008
  • Little Rock Wind Symphony (Karen Fannin, conductor) - 17 April 2008
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 22 December 2007 (2007 Midwest Clinic)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Orchestra (Richard Cleary, conductor) – 31 March 2007 (CBDNA 2007 National Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich.)

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