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If ever there is tomorrow

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Christian Ellenwood

Christian Ellenwood

The title of this work is intentionally written in lower case: if ever there is tomorrow.

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Soaring Heron Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $59.95   |   Score Only (print) - $24.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F Solo-I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This richly expressive and lyrical work is approximately eight minutes in duration. The emotional inspiration for this composition springs from a profound hope that I carry for my students, and for all the ones I love -- and actually, for humanity: a hope that all will find within themselves the gifts of love, compassion, sincerity, courage, and strength; that they will use these gifts to overcome fear and pain -- and, in so doing, live lives of great beauty, meaning, openness, generosity, and authenticity.

The title is taken from words written by A.A. Milne -- for me, these words truly capture the love and best hopes that a teacher has for their students, or a parent has for a child, or that any person has for the ones they love most:

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”

Dr. Glenn C Hayes and the UW-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble commissioned this composition after receiving an invitation to perform at the 2013 New York Wind Band Festival in Carnegie Hall.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) - 7 November 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) – 2013 (Carnegie Hall, New York) *Premiere Performance*

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