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Awake the Iron

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Scott Watson

Scott Watson

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $48.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
Bb Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Baritone Horn
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongo
  • Brake Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tams
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"Desperta ferro!," or "Awake the Iron!" was the battle cry of Medieval Spanish soldiers called the Almogavars. In the dim light of dawn, as they prepared for battle, these fierce soldiers would beat their swords on rocks shouting this phrase. The sparks that flew from the rocks in the eerie light of dawn, together with the soldier's call to arms, would give any enemy pause. Awake the Iron, with its insistent unisons, energetic rhythms, modal themes, and powerful percussive writing, mirrors the ferocious intensity of the medieval battlefield. J.W. Pepper "Editor's Choice."

-Program Note by Scott Watson

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