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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

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The title of this work is correctly written "Awakening..."

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
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
Euphonium I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beginning with silence and gradually building throughout to a powerful and dramatic close, this distinctive work explores the various facets of the word "awakening" as it applies to the waking of an individual, a day or a philosophical idea. Awakening... makes use of striking colors and sonic devices including full percussion near the climatic finish.

- Program Note from publisher

Awakening... is an example of postmodern music and exhibits the tendency of postmodern composers to combine ideas and techniques of different styles. Awakening... represents the common sound of early twenty-first century postmodernism in instrumental music -- a juxtaposition of American vernacular styles and contemporary concert music. Among other modern elements, the piece incorporates sound staging around the concert hall.

Awakening... is in a modified rondo form, consisting of four thematic sections and a coda. As the title suggests, the piece gradually comes from nothing and builds to a dramatic closing.

The work was commissioned by the Ithaca College School of Music and dedicated to the New York State School Music Association and all public school music teachers. The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble premiered the work in December 2011.

- Program Note adapted from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here:


  • Dana Wilson website
  • Keck, Thomas. "Awakening." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 490-495. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Wilson, D. [2012]. Awakening... [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.