To A New Dawn
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 composerís 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
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.