Sunrise Song

From Wind Repertory Project
Roland Barrett

Roland Barrett

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Tuba/Low Woodwinds
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sunrise Song is based on an actual Native American melody, the Zuni Sunrise Song. Present in many Native American cultures, sunrise songs are typically performed at the dawn to welcome the sun and to thank it for returning another day and giving life to all things upon the earth.

This particular Sunrise Song comes from the Pueblo of Zuni, a federally recognized Indian tribe with a reservation consisting of four tracts of federal trust land in New Mexico and Arizona. The main body of the reservation was established by an executive order in 1877. It borders the state line in west-central New Mexico, and in 1992 included 636 square miles. In addition, the reservation includes a tract of land one square mile in size surrounding the Zuni Salt Lake, 30 miles south of the main reservation in New Mexico, and two tracts of land approximately 18 square miles in size, near the confluence of the Zuni and Little Colorado rivers in east central Arizona.

Sunrise Song is an imaginative, adventuresome composition that explores a wide variety of sounds and textures, ranging from hand clapping and a wide range of percussion sounds to a carefully structured section of improvisation and free time. While within technical abilities of young players, this work presents a level of sophistication which is rarely heard in music at this level.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastwood (Pemberville, Ohio) 8th Grade Band (Brian Myers, conductor) - 1 March 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Middle School Honor Band (Audrey Murphy, conductor) – 29 February 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.