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Eosphorus: The Morning Star

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Derek M Jenkins

Derek M Jenkins

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mühltal Musikpresse (available through Derek M. Jenkins)
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00 (print) or $40.00 (digital)   |   Score Only - $30.00 (print) or $10.00 (digital)


Full Score
Piccolo I
Flute I-II (1-dbl Picc. II, 2-dbl Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal, large and medium
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone [with mallets & bow]


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When o’er the eastern lawn,
In saffron robes, the daughter of the dawn
Advanced her rosy steps, before the bay
Due ritual honours to the gods I pay.
- Homer, Odyssey

Eosphorus (pronounced ee’ - ahs - fer - uhs) was an ancient Greek deity, personifying the morning star and the daughter of the dawn. Her sighting in the eastern sky would herald the coming of Helios, who brought light to the day with his golden chariot of the sun. Over the horizon in the early morning hours, Eosphorus humbly shines, and as the dawn slowly subsides to the majestic sunrise, she struggles to continue illuminating the eastern sky. After one final attempt to retain her place in the heavens, Eosphorus loses her primacy in a blaze of glory, as the sun’s light overwhelms the little star. Slowly she retreats until at the end of the next night she would eventually and inevitably herald the return of Helios. Like Eosphorus, this work flows from chaos into order with intersecting and fluid lines that usher in the fanfare of the sun, until Eosphorus, conceding defeat, fades back into the abyss.

- Program Note by Derek M Jenkins


  • 2012 National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project
  • 2011 Truman State University / MACRO Composers Competition, Honorable Mention


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Oliver, conductor) – 28 September 2017
  • Western Michigan University Symphonic Band (Scott Boerma) - 28 March 2014; Kalamazoo, MI
  • Arizona State University Wind Ensemble (Jennifer Climer, conductor) - 25 June 2012; Tempe, AZ
  • U.S. Army Materiel Command Band (CWO Peter Gillies, conductor) - 9 February 2012; Huntsville, AL
  • Florida State Wind Orchestra (Ryan Scherber, conductor) - 26 February 2011; Tallahassee, FL
  • Florida State Wind Orchestra (Ryan Scherber, conductor) - 29 January 2011; Tallahassee, FL
  • Iowa State University Wind Ensemble (Michael Golemo, conductor) - 16 October 2010; Ames, IA
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) - 28 April 2010; Kansas City, MO

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