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The Valley of the Dry Bones

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Jonathan Bartz

Jonathan Bartz

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General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jonathan Bartz
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


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Program Notes

Dr. Timothy Mahr (dir. St. Olaf College Band) approached me my senior year in undergraduate school at St. Olaf College to see if I would write a work for the band’s 2007 domestic tour. I immediately agreed to. At the time I was merely an aspiring film composer with little to no experience actually working with film. As a challenge, I asked Dr. Mahr to present me with a random subject or story for me write music to -- similar to how a film composer would be presented with movie to score.

Enter the Biblical story of the valley of the dry bones. Taken from Ezekiel 37:1-14, the story revolves around Ezekiel’s famous vision and prophecy and God’s subsequent miracle. Ezekiel is visited by God and placed into a dark valley filled with ancient, lifeless bones. God asks Ezekiel, “Can these dry bones live?” In other words, God is asking Ezekiel to confront the spiritual condition of his people. Through ensuing prophecy and the majesty of God, life is breathed into the bones as flesh and blood grow into a grandiose army of people.

I found the story with all of its grandiose and dramatic depictions of prophetic visions offered up great moments for musical interpretation and made for an exciting and illuminating experience writing my first concert band work.

- Program Note by composer


  • ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Competition, 2008, Honorable Mention


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