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Sun Just Touched the Morning, The

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publishers - Official Website
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score - $8.00


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Sun Just Touched the Morning was composed in December 2005 for the Bloomfield Youth Band. The piece takes its title from the first line of a poem by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). In the poem, Dickinson personifies morning and the sun, the latter (referred to as "king" in the third stanza) ending the reign of the former at dawn:

The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.

She felt herself supremer,—
A raised, ethereal thing;
Henceforth for her what holiday!
Meanwhile, her wheeling king
Trailed slow along the orchards
His haughty, spangled hems,
Leaving a new necessity,—
The want of diadems!

The morning fluttered, staggered,
Felt feebly for her crown,—
Her unanointed forehead
Henceforth her only one.

-Program Note by the Composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Texas: UIL Grade III (2012)

Recent Performances

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  • Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 21 May 2011

Works for Winds by this Composer

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