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Magic of This Dawn, The

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Christopher Sainsbury

Christopher Sainsbury

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Magic of This Dawn takes inspiration from Jay Sigmund’s poem Morning Mists on the Wapsipinicon, which speaks to the dispossession of First Nations Peoples. Sainsbury draws on Sigmund’s regionalism and his own Australian Aboriginal heritage to pay homage to “the idea of the whole universe expressed in your own place”.

- Program Note from Yale University Concert Band

This piece is in five parts, and is full of rich harmonies and recurring melodies. Sainsbury uses constantly switching time signatures to create an unsteady sense of movement, and uses the bright staccato sounds of each instrument to evoke the crispness of the morning.

The work was commissioned by the Northern Sydney (Aus.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 24 November 2016


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 15 February 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 460-461.
  • Sainsbury Music website Accessed 14 February 2019