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Song for Tomorrow, A

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Kevin Day

Kevin Day


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Auxiliary Percussion
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tom-Toms (2)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A Song for Tomorrow is a composition that is very near and dear to my heart. The piece was composed in memory of my friend Jonathan Foreman, who tragically died in September of 2018. Jonathan, his older brother David, and their family and I were close when we were in high school, and so his death hit me very hard; as well as the family, and the students and faculty of Arlington High School. For his funeral, the room was packed with Arlington High School teachers, students and alumni who knew Jonathan. Arlington High School was always a family and it was amazing to see how many people came out to support and say their goodbyes. After the funeral, service, I felt a deep pulling on my heart that I need to write something for Jonathan and the Foreman family, as a tribute to Jonathan. I pondered what to do for months until I was able to come up with a title and an idea for the piece. The title of the composition, A Song for Tomorrow, is inspired by a Latin phrase that was printed on Jonathan's funeral program. The phrase read "Cras alius dies est," which means "tomorrow is another day."

The song is mean to embody who Jonathan was, and provide hope and comfort to the family and friends who knew him for the days to come. The song features a chorale that I came up with that comes back in different forms throughout the piece. Jonathan was a trumpet player, and so I wrote an off-stage trumpet solo that is played (which represents him), as well as a trumpet section feature that builds the climax of the piece. The piece explores different conflictions and dissonances, until coming to a peaceful resolution. This was incredibly hard for me to write, and so I wanted to make sure that I put everything in my heart into this work. I hope that this piece can be comforting and provide peace to all who have lost someone close to them. I hope it gives them the strength to carry on through the days ahead, for every tomorrow that comes.

- Program Note by composer


Media


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Performances

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  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group I (Daniel Crain, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Cheldon Williams, conductor) - 26 April 2022
  • Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Joshua W. Neuenschwander, conductor) - 18 February 2022
  • Grand Street (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Community Band (David Blumenthal, conductor) - 12 December 2021
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Joe Cernuto, conductor) - 14 November 2021
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 5 October 2021
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Timothy Sexton, conductor) - 29 September 2021
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Ron Gerhardstein, conductor) – 15 May 2021
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • Langley High School Wind Symphony (Doug Martin, conductor) – 12 November 2019


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