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Gunther Schuller

Publisher: AMP

Blue Dawn into White Heat (1997)
Margun Music
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Sub Category
Concert Band
Year Composed
10 Minutes
Programme Note
Gunther Schuller Blue Dawn into White Heat (1997)
Composer note:
Blue Dawn into White Heat is perhaps the first (or at least one of the very few) jazz compositions written for concert band. It is therefore a piece not only with its own intrinsic musical merits, but one that also serves a certain educational, didactic purpose, i.e., teaching classical players something about jazz, modern jazz at that.

The work, in one continuous movement, is divided into three sections delineated by clearly discernible, ever-faster tempos as well as changing meters (3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 2/2). Although mostly written-out (through-composed), the work does feature some brief improvisational episodes for trombone, tenor saxophone, and piano.

This title of the piece was suggested by Fred Harris, the conductor who commissioned the work through the Belmont (Mass.) High School.

— Gunther Schuller

  • Ensemble
    University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    Craig Kirchhoff
    Innova (American Composers Forum):
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