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Early Light

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Carolyn Bremer

Carolyn Bremer

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 5:35
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 by 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

Commercial Discography

Media Links

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Concert Band (Patricia Cornet, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London Conn.) (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 20 September 2019
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Adult Band Camp (Tom Riccobono, conductor) - 11 August 2019
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Civic Concert Band (Erin Armstrong, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 8 March 2019
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) - 2 March 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Symphonic Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) 28 February 2019
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Symphony (Thomas Bough, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Timothy Diem, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 29 November 2018

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.