Blue Dawn into White Heat

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Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mangun Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I and II div.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Sizzle Cymbal (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tams (medium and low)
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Triangle (medium)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Blue Dawn into White Heat is perhaps the first (or at least one of the very few) jazz compositions written for concert band. It is therefore a piece not only with its own intrinsic musical merits, but one that also serves a certain educational, didactic purpose, i.e., teaching classical players something about jazz, modern jazz at that.

The work, in one continuous movement, is divided into three sections delineated by clearly discernible, ever-faster tempos as well as changing meters (3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 2/2). Although mostly written out (through-composed), the work does feature some brief improvisational episodes for trombone, tenor saxophone, and piano.

This title of the piece was suggested by Fred Harris, the conductor who commissioned the work through the Belmont (Mass.) High School.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Schuller, G. (1997). Blue Dawn into White Heat [score]. Margun Music: [Newton Centre, Mass.].