Sowing Useful Truths

From Wind Repertory Project
Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OK Feel Good Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($300)   |   Score Only (print) - $44.00


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Brake Drum
  • Castanets
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wood Block (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1802 Thomas Jefferson noted to his Attorney General that he considered letters to his constituents a decent opportunity for “sowing useful truths & principles among the people, which might germinate and become rooted among their political tenets.” This always struck me as exactly what all artists do: “seeding” the world with expressions of personal Truth, and very much hoping they take “root”. To that end, this work proclaims my own musical Principles, celebrating the elements of counterpoint, color, groove, and style I consider undeniable, and True.

Sowing Useful Truths was commissioned by my alma mater, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Young Artists Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 4 November 2017
  • University of Texas Wind Symphony (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 25 February 2015
  • Florida International University Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 12 October 2010
  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Lenox, Mass.) Young Artists Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) – 30 July 2010 *Premiere Performance*

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