World Is Waiting for the Sunrise, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Ernest Seitz

Ernest Seitz (paraphrased and scored by Harry L Alford)

Subtitle: Concert Marche Militaire

General Info

Year: 1919 / 1934
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harold Gore
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00

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Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise is a popular ballad with lyrics by Gene Lockhart and music (Toronto 1918) by the concert pianist Ernest Seitz, who had conceived the refrain when he was 12. Embarrassed about writing popular music, Seitz used the pseudonym "Raymond Roberts" when the song was first published by Chappell in 1919.

More than 100 recorded versions have been commercially released. Initially, when the song's hopeful sentiment appealed to post-war North America, it was recorded by both singers and instrumentalists. Later, as a popular vehicle for improvisation, it was recorded by many jazz musicians. The Beatles recorded a home version on a Grundig tape recorder, sometime in the late 1950s. One of the most memorable covers of the song was done by Stan Laurel in the Laurel and Hardy film The Flying Deuces (1939), as Laurel takes the bed strings and plays the song on it like a harp. It was an ironic gesture as the boys, who joined the FFL, were caught deserting and were to be shot at dawn.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The World is Waiting for the Sunrise was composed as a ballad by Ernest Seitz (words by Eugene Lockhart) in 1919. In 1934, A.A. Harding commissioned Harry Alford to arrange the ballad into a euphonium-feature halftime selection for the University of Illinois Marching Band. On the day of the scheduled premiere (November 3, 1934), a heavy rain caused many of the spectators to leave the stands during the first half of the football game with Army. At halftime the Illinois Band outlined a cannon, “shot” the letters A-R-M-Y out of the “barrel,” and then formed a concert band formation. As the first notes of The World is Waiting for the Sunrise sounded, the rain reportedly ceased, and the sun shone through the clouds long enough for the band to perform the new work.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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