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Now Is the Day

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Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
French Horn I-II
Piano (for rehearsal only)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Toms


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The work is based on a great figure in Scottish history - William Wallace, often called "Braveheart". The song "Scots wha hae wi' Wallace bled", which is Scotland's unofficial national anthem, contains the line "Now is the day and now is the hour", and this is the source of the title.

The opening section is warlike in sound with woodwinds palying tambours of some sort - tom-toms, tambours, even old drum skins will make the kind of noise required to simulate a battle. Noisy brass fanfared are melodic fragments of the "Scots wha hae" melody. Eventually, woodwinds join in and the music slows down to an alto saxophone solo, again based on fragments of "Scots wah hae". The battle tempo resumes and percussion then lead the band noisily into an eventual full statement of the theme creating a noble sound against the continuing drum pattersn leading to a triumphant ending.

Program Note by Bruce Fraser


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