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Dies Natalis

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Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson (transcribed by the composer)


General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: 14:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Unknown   |   Score Only (print) - $63.25


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


Errata

  • Baritone TC, 3 m. after 9, beat 3: C natural should be C#
  • Baritone TC, 2 m. before 22, beat 3: C-flat natural should be C natural


Program Notes

Dies Natalis, for band, is in the form of an introduction, chorale, five variations, and finale, based on the ancient and beautiful Lutheran Christmas chorale-tune, celebrating the birth of Christ. It was performed for the first time in the Eastman Theatre, April 7, 1972, by the Eastman Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Donald Hunsberger for the 50th birthday of the Eastman School of Music.

"I used to sing it as a boy in the Swedish Lutheran Church of Wahoo, Nebraska. This chorale has, without doubt, been the greatest single musical influence in my life as a composer. Traces of the chorale appear in my early orchestra work, Lux Aeterna, and in sections of my opera, Merry Mount. The chorale form has also influenced by Chorale and Alleluia for band and my fourth and fifth symphonies for orchestra."

Program Note by Howard Hanson


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: V   ---  (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature")
  • Minnesota - Category I
  • New York: VI


Performances

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  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – December 15, 2019
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Christina DiMagio Vafiadis, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 19 September 2017
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward Harris, conductor) - 14 December 2014
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 24 November 2014
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 14 May 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Hanson, H. [1973]. Dies Natalis for Band [Score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 623-627.