When the Morning Stars Sang

From Wind Repertory Project
James Curnow

James Curnow

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $79.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.95


Full Score
Flute (Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle, medium
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A remarkable work representing the highest standards of band composition that tells the Biblical story of Job and his never-give-up attitude. Based on the spiritual Balm in Gilead, it is at times intimate and reflective, at times exuberant and unrelenting but ultimately uplifting and inspiring. There is much to appreciate in the scoring, from transparent textures that allow each voice in the ensemble to be heard to the captivating power of the full ensemble; the full spectrum of sound is displayed.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the East Shore Honors Band, Port Huron, Michigan, by David and Barbara Teeple; Scott Teeple, conductor, in memory of Barb's mother, Florence Loxton.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Maryland: IV


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  • Curnow, J. (2005). When the Morning Stars Sang [score]. Curnow Music: Wilmore, Ky.
  • Perusal score