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To Set the Darkness Echoing

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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $115.00   |  Score Only - $12.95


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Afushi
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (ride and suspended - small and medium)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Log Drum
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To Set the Darkness Echoing was commissioned by a consortium of schools in Cobb County, Georgia, in the Atlanta area. Although this wonderful part of the country is known for its many attributes, my primary association with it is as a keystone of the Civil Rights Movement, in part because it was the home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

One reason that Dr. King was so successful -- and the Civil Rights Movement had such an impact -- is that through nonviolent protest, he held a mirror up to ourselves, forcing us all to see how we -- not others -- were behaving. In this process, to use the words of poet Seamus Heaney, Dr. King "set the darkness echoing", and thus, inspired profound change. It is a great lesson for all of us that in our personal and social lives, we need not be afraid to set the darkness echoing, for it is in this process that we truly learn about ourselves and come to terms with the truths in our lives.

- Program Note by Dana Wilson


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

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