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On This Bright Morning
From David’s Program Note:
On this Bright Morning was written for a consortium of Montana high school bands. The focus group was the second band at Missoula’s Hellgate High School, the thinking being that this second band in a good music program would represent the technical development of the average high school band around the state.
The music is bright and engaging, and at the same time quite soulful. It asks players and conductors to commit fully to a very direct and powerful personal feeling. As a motivation for approaching the piece I have attached the following quote, taken from an interview with the poet, Jane Kenyon:
“Yes, there are things in this life that we must endure that are all but unendurable, and yet I feel that there is a great goodness. Why, when there could have been nothing, is there something? How, when there could have been nothing, does it happen that there is love, kindness, beauty?”
Watch below as Phillip L. Clements leads the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble in a rousing performance from April 2021.
Watch below as Patrick Murphy leads the University of Portland Wind Symphony in virtual performance from May 2021.
Watch below as Anthony C. Marinello leads the Illinois State University Wind Symphony in a moving performance from April 2021.
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