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New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom

From Wind Repertory Project
Score Cover

Joseph Schwantner (trans. Nikk Pilato)


General Info

Year: 1982 / 2007
Duration: c. 24:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott-Helicon
Cost: Score and Parts - $335.00   |   Score Only - $90.00


Instrumentation

Full Score (score is in "Open" or "French" format)
Narrator
Piccolo I-II (doubles Flute III-IV)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (2 players per part)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in C) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (2 players)
Tuba
String Bass
Piano (amplified)
Celesta (amplified)
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I–II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (2)
  • Small button Gong
  • Suspended Cymbals (2)
  • Tam-tam (3)
  • Timbales (2 pairs)
  • Timpani
  • Tom-toms (2 sets of 3)
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone (2)
  • Xylophone (2)


Errata

The following errors are in the parts. Note: Some editions may not contain these errors.

  • Flute II, m. 382-384, beat 3, should be E-natural, not E-sharp.
  • Flute III/Piccolo: m. 159, flats missing on G, D, E, B notes—should be identical to m. 163.
  • Piccolo I/Flute IV: m. 163, flats missing on G, D, E, B notes—should be identical to m. 159/m. 389, beat 3, measure should be whole note C-sharp, moving to half note B-sharp on beat three.
  • Bassoon III: m. 259, beat 3, include natural on B as reminder (as in Bassoon I and II)/m. 262, beat 3, should have flat (making note B-flat)/m. 267, beat 1, should have flat (making note B-flat).
  • Clarinet II, m. 389, beat 3, measure should be whole note D-sharp, moving to half note C-double sharp on beat three.
  • Tuba, m. 267, beat 3, add tie that holds note into m. 268.
  • Timpani, m. 278, beat 4, D missing a flat (should be D-flat).
  • Vibraphone, m. 303-304, tie between last sixteenth and eighth note on note eleven missing.


The following errors are in the score. Note: Some editions may not contain these errors.

  • Flute II, m. 382-384, beat 3, should be E-natural, not E-sharp.
  • Flute IV, m. 389, beat 3, measure should be whole note C-sharp, moving to half note B-sharp on beat three.
  • Bassoon III: m. 259, beat 3, include natural on B as reminder (as in Bassoon I and II)/m. 262, beat 3, should have flat (making note B-flat)/m. 267, beat 1, should have flat (making note B-flat).
  • Clarinet II, m. 389, beat 3, measure should be whole note D-sharp, moving to half note C-double sharp on beat three.
  • Tuba, m. 267, beat 3, add tie that holds note into m. 268.
  • Timpani, m. 278, beat 4, D missing a flat (should be D-flat).
  • Vibraphone, m. 303-304, tie between last sixteenth and eighth note on note eleven missing.


Program Notes

New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom is Joseph Schwantner’s 1982 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The idea of a work honoring Dr. King was first suggested to Schwantner in 1981 by Robert Freeman, Director of the Eastman School of Music. Schwantner writes:

“I was excited by the opportunity to engage my work with the profound and deeply felt words of Dr. King, a man of great dignity and courage whom I had long admired. The words that I selected for the narration were garnered from a variety of Dr. King’s writings, addresses, and speeches, and drawn from a period of more than a decade of his life. These words, eloquently expressed by the thrust of his oratory, bear witness to the power and nobility of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas, principles, and beliefs. This work of celebration is humbly dedicated to his memory.”

New Morning for the World was composed under a commission from the American Telephone and Telegraph Company for an East Coast tour undertaken by the Eastman Philharmonia. The orchestra first performed the work on 15 January 1983, in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., and was narrated by the renowned Pittsburgh Pirates baseball star Willie Stargell. Following the premiere performance, the work was subsequently introduced in Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh, and Rochester, N.Y.

The work has received hundreds of performances by major orchestras throughout the United States and has been narrated by such noted individuals as: Coretta Scott King, Yolanda King, James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou, Danny Glover, Robert Guillaume, Alfre Woodard, and Vernon Jordan. The version for wind ensemble was premiered on 20 April 2007 by the Florida State University Wind Orchestra in Tallahassee, Florida, Nikk Pilato conducting.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Commercial Discography

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Performances

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  • Cleveland Winds (Cleveland, Ohio) (Birch Browning, conductor; Roby George, narrator) – 11 November 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor; Daniel Washington, narrator) – 6 April 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Donnie Ray Albert, narrator) – 1 May 2016
  • Dallas Winds (Jerry F. Junkin, conductor; Timothy Jones, narrator) - 3 November 2015
  • University of Oregon Wind Ensemble (Robert Ponto, conductor; Edwin Coleman II, narrator) - 8 February 2009
  • University of Texas Wind Ensemble (Jerry F. Junkin, conductor; Barbara Conrad, narrator) - 30 January 2009
  • Williams College (Steven Dennis Bodner, conductor; Omar Sangare, narrator) - 17 November 2007
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Orchestra (Nikk Pilato, conductor; David Eccles, narrator) - 20 April 2007 *Premiere Performance*


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