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Early Light

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Carolyn Bremer

Carolyn Bremer

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-IV-V
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An up and coming name in the world of contemporary composers, Carolyn Bremer has created this arresting transcription for band of her orchestral work of the same name. Bright, tonal, and uplifting, the composition is as joyous and as full of wonder as is the title.

- Program Note from publisher

Originally written for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Early Light premiered in July 1995. According to the score notes:

The material is largely derived from The Star Spangled Banner. One need not attribute an excess of patriotic fervor in the composer as a source for this optimistic homage to our national anthem; Carolyn Bremer, a passionate baseball fan since childhood, drew upon her feelings of happy anticipation at hearing the anthem played before ball games when writing her piece. The slapstick heard near the end echoes the crack of the bat on a long home run.

- Program Note from University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 April 2016


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Troy (Ala.) University Symphonic Band (Susan L. Smith, conductor) - 27 February 2023
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Tina DiMeglio, conductor) - 3 November 2022
  • Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts (Murfreesboro) Wind Ensemble (Denny Hawkins, conductor) – 11 June 2022
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 1 March 2022
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Doris Doyon, conductor) – 6 November 2021
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Denny Hawkins, conductor) - 28 October 2021
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jeff de Seriere, conductor) - 22 October 2021
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) - 15 October 2021
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Todd Nichols, conductor) - 14 October 2021
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 1 May 2021
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Hannah Redd, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Richard Edwards, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Joseph D. Conti, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Fagin, conductor) - 12 December 2019
  • United States Coast Guard Academy Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) – 13 November 2019
  • Marywood University (Scranton, Penn.) Wind Symphony (F. David Romines, conductor) - 10 November 2019
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 10 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bremer, C. (1999). Early Light [score]. Carl Fischer : New York.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 271.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 477-480.