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To a New Dawn

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Anglo Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $99.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To A New Dawn was commissioned by the United States Continental Army Band, Captain Timothy J. Holtan, Commander and Conductor.

The brief was for a piece to celebrate the 3rd Millennium, and it was the composer’s aim to provide a work which, as well as looking forward to the challenges of the new century, also contained moments of reflection about the last one.

After a bright introduction featuring the trumpets, a perky theme, passing quickly through several keys, appears on the woodwinds. A solo trumpet takes up a new theme over bubbling quavers (eighth notes) and this leads to a rhythmic figure on low clarinets, followed by the upper woodwinds. A brass interlude follows and, after a short bridge passage, an oboe takes up a contrasting legato tune that builds to a climax.

An andante section follows with solos for horn and flugel horn (or trumpet) and a florid flute cadenza. A passionate climax leads back to the faster music and, eventually, to a full recapitulation, revisiting the earlier material before a lively coda close the work as it began.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Indiana Weslayan University (Marion) Wind Ensemble (Chris Lessly, conductor) - 12 April 2021
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • University of Vermont (Burlington) Wind Ensemble (Chris Rivers, conductor) - 15 April 2018
  • Montclair (N.J.) Community Band (Jim Wasko, conductor) - 23 November 2014
  • Chelmsford (Mass.) Community Band (Lucinda Ellert, conductor) - 2 November 2014
  • Concord (Mass.) Band (James O'Dell, conductor) - 24 October 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Sparke, P. (2000). To a New Dawn: For Concert Band [score]. Anglo Music Press: Wembley