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Into the Silent Land

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Steve Danyew

Steve Danyew

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steve Danyew
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $169.99; (digital) - $169.99   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubles piccolo)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum, low (2)
  • Vibraphone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

On December 14, 2012, twenty children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Having grown up in Sandy Hook just a mile from the school, this is where I attended grades 3-5. For the past several years, I have thought about writing a piece of music that would reflect on this tragedy, but I have struggled to know where to start. Even after beginning to sketch out ideas for this piece, I felt unsure of where the piece should go and what it should communicate. In an effort to find a clearer sense of direction, I searched for poetry that reflected how I was feeling. When I came across Remember, a moving poem by Christina Rossetti, I found the direction I was looking for. Through the simple idea of remembering — not forgetting that this happened, not forgetting these children, not forgetting the grief that their families must feel -- I realized this is what I wanted and needed to communicate through music.

The music incorporates elements of a funeral march, as well as a lament, using a descending tetrachord as a ground bass. The funeral march and the lament are combined early in the piece and after the ground bass repeats and grows to a climax, the funeral march gradually fades and a more ethereal music emerges.

Into the Silent Land was commissioned by a consortium of schools and individuals led by Dr. Jared Chase and Nazareth College.

- Program Note by composer


  • National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Contest, 2018, Finalist

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (St. Joseph, Minn.) Wind Ensemble (Justin Zanchuk, conductor; Sophia Bohn-Gettler, narrator) - 12 February 2021
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Wind Ensemble (Ken Goff, conductor)– 10 March 2020
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (Michael Lebrias, conductor; Leighton McCutchen, narrator) – 25 February 2020
  • CBDNA North-Central (Chicago, Ill.) Intercollegiate Band (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • Houghton (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Timothy McGarvey, conductor) – 21 February 2020
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brian Silvey, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southwestern Division Conference, Norman, Okla.)
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) Symphonic Band - 15 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Western University (London, Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Colleen Richardson, conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 17 February 2020
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor; Cathryn Lundeen, narrator) – 12 December 2019
  • Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (East Lansing, Mich.) (Arris Golden, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PE, Can.) Wind Symphony (Karem J. Simon, conductor; Johanna Forbes, narrator)– 21 November 2109
  • State College of Florida (Bradenton) Symphonic Band (Robyn L. Bell, conductor) – 14 November 2019
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 9 November 2019
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Jason Casler, conductor) – 4 November 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor; Katie Hannigan, narrator) – 8 March 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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