Promise of Living (arr. Curnow)

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. James Curnow)

Subtitle: From The Tender Land

General Info

Year: 1954 / 2012
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba (optional)
  • Xylophone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This classic Copland work has been skillfully adapted for younger players while maintaining the integrity of the original. Solo lines and chamber-like playing are beautifully offset with rich, full ensemble passages. A marvelous addition to the repertoire of classic adaptations for young bands.

- Program Note from publisher

The name Aaron Copland (1900-1990) is synonymous with American classical music. His most popular works, Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man, and El Salon Mexico, each infused a sense of folk music with his distinctive compositional style that was able to connect with a wide audience. Although written later than the aforementioned works, The Promise of Living is representative of this same distinctive Copland style. The work serves as the final movement of an orchestral suite Copland based on his opera The Tender Land.

This beautiful piece is quite transparent and chamber-like at its outset. As the work builds, Copland dramatically introduces the folk song Zion’s Walls and begins to alter the feel between duple and triple quite frequently. The melodies intertwine and overlap as the piece builds to its striking climax.

James Curnow’s arrangement for young band is a skillful adaptation maintaining the integrity and musical challenges of the original while being technically accessible to younger musicians.

- Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 18 December 2013


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist. October 2016, 31.