By Dawn's Early Light (Dawson)

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Jay Dawson

Jay Dawson

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General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers' Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet/Bassoon
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba/E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Inspired by Francis Scott Key's immortal poem which became the text of The Star Spangled Banner, Jay Dawson has composed a musical portrayal of the day the British assaulted Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Using bits of our national anthem combined with both contemporary harmonies and styles, this work expresses the range of emotions that must have moved Key to compose his poem.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the University of Kansas Symphonic Band, Robert E. Foster, Conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


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  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) – 15 April 2020 (performance scheduled, but concert cancelled)

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