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Towards a New Life

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Josef Suk

Josef Suk (arr. Ronald Stilwell)

General Info

Year: 1919 / 2004
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto 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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Towards a New Life was first sketched in 1919 as a patriotic march dedicated to the young Czechoslovakian Army fighting to protect the endangered southern district in Slovakia. That same year Suk entered his work, then titled only "New Life", in a competition to select a festive march for the upcoming Slet. (Sokol society physical fitness festival). After being chosen the winner, the march was scored for orchestra and for the brass band with the first performance taking place in 1920 when the men marched on to the drilling grounds at the festival. It has since become an indispensable part of the impressive entry of the participants at every succeeding Sokol festival. Suk's festive march received further recognition by winning first prize in a 1932 musical competition held during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and when, during World War II, the fanfare opened the radio broadcasts produced by the exiled Czech government in England.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • St. Louis (Miss.) Community College at Meramec Symphonic Band – May 2005
  • Wichita (Kans.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble – October 2005
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) Symphonic Band – May 2006
  • DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony – November 2006

Works for Winds by This Composer