Morning Sunrise


Corwin Award: Large Ensemble 3rd Place
Picc, Fl, Ob, Bsn 1-2, Cbsn, Bb Cl 1-3, Bs Cl, Alt Sax, Ten Sax, Bar Sax, Tpt 1-3, Hn 1-4, Tbn 1-3, Euph, Tba, DB, Timp
December 2015
March 3, 2016
UCSB Wind Ensemble
Paul Bambach: Conductor
At Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in UCSB

As a composer, musical ideas pop into my head every day. Most of them are completely unrelated to any piece I am currently working on, and I manage to write some of them down for future reference. The theme to Morning Sunrise is one of those ideas. When I wrote it down, I had no idea that I was ever going to create a piece from it, so I just wrote it down for strings.

Several months later, however, I had decided that I wanted to write a piece to thank those who have made my high school music life great. I spent weeks developing 4 or 5 themes and even had half of a piece done at one point, but none of theme worked. I then remembered this one from and realized that it was the perfect theme.

The result of taking so long to complete this piece is that it is a very powerful piece where there are no extraneous notes, and no missing ones either. It is one where every detail matters.