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Heaven's Morning Breaks

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Brooke Pierson

Brooke Pierson


Subtitle: Based on Abide with Me (Eventide)


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Brooke Pierson
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $105.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

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Program Notes

I began writing this piece on March 23rd in 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic smothering the world. My initial reaction to the events unfolding were disbelief; that the world could be gripped by such an invisible enemy, rendering me and many others helpless. After adjusting to a surreal "new normal", I dedicated myself out of my inhibiting behavior and begin writing a piece that could not only bring joy and beauty from a difficult time but that would soothe my own soul.

Heaven's Morning Breaks is a composition centered around the hymn Abide With Me (to the tune of Eventide): both reflective and joyful.

The author, Henry Francis Lyte, wrote the poem after contracting tuberculosis at the age of 54. Just two weeks later, he died and the piece was first performed at his funeral.

The title comes from one of the closing lines in the last stanza:

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."

- Program Note by composer


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