At Morning's First Light

From Wind Repertory Project
David Gillingham

David Gillingham

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone


In parts:

  • Flute II, m.4 and 9: slurred
  • Horn in F, m.17: A should be A-flat.

Program Notes

David Gillingham brilliantly captures the serenity and beauty of dawn in this music. He uses the instrumental texture to evoke various elements in nature -- the sunrise, chirping birds, leaves unfolding, and dew evaporating away from blades of grass. The shimmer of sunbeams eventually expands to the full involvement of a bright and sunny day, teeming with life and joy.

- Program Note by Troy Davis for Aragon High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 August 2016

At Morning’s First Light draws inspiration from hymns and poetry; Gillingham's compositions offer an alternative approach to performance through his synthesis of artistic mediums. For instance, within At Morning’s First Light, his emotive sense of poetry and nature imbue the music with a sensorial experience. The light-footed quickness of woodwinds expresses the ineffability of the morning, raw and full of promise.

Whether showing us the agony of war or the hopefulness of a new day, Gillingham is a master of expressionism. As Gillingham says, “I envision myself as a servant of humanity expressing a myriad of emotions, thoughts and feelings that cannot be expressed through words.” And, so it is with At Morning’s First Light.

- Program Note by Jenica Marie Moore for the University of Georgia Hodgson Concert Band concert program, 15 February 2017


State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class C


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  • David Gillingham website
  • Gillingham, D. (2004). At Morning's First Light: Concert Band [score]. C. Alan: Greensboro, N.C.