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The Awakening Hour

The title for the work is drawn from Thoreau's Walden: “The morning, which is the most memorable season of the year, is the awakening hour.” As Thoreau remarks, “The morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me."

  • Digital Score (PDF)50
  • Digital Score & Parts (PDF)200
  • Printed Score75
  • Printed Score & Parts250
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Solo Works with Accompaniment

Daydreams... "Reverie" for Violin, Vocal Quartet and Glass Harmonica

When I was young, I had the propensity to Daydream- not a particularly unusual circumstance, I suppose, for a boy with a clear temperament fiercely drawn to art, poetry and most especially to music. For as long as I can remember, music’s many mysteries has engaged my ear, mind and spirit. The love and support of my Grandmother and Mother helped encourage my musical interests that remain at the forefront of my creative endeavors.

When Yevgeny performed my work,“The Poet’s Hour” for Violin and Strings with Music Director, Gerard Schwarz and his All-Star Orchestra, I was dazzled by the brilliance of his playing. After his invitation to contribute a short work for his “Meditation of Family” project, I found old photograph (1924) of my maternal grandparents and mother as a baby that fired my musical imagination with fond memories of early family life.

These brief poetic lines also fueled my imagination.

drifting free
from a time before,
this interior world.

“Daydreams…” opens with a series of rising sustained violin double stops that define the work’s overall harmonic spectrum and gives rise to a backdrop of vocal and crystal goblet sonorities that spring from the violin’s increasingly forceful gestures. The violin becomes increasingly animated and vigorous with music that soars above the seemingly disparate world of sustained voices, as though on a journey looking back on fading memories.

-Joseph Schwantner

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