Dawnland, The - Concert Band

Catalog: W-523

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"The Dawnland begins with a rustling in the wind.  The characters emerge musically to set the stage: the percussion which create the calm and sparkling atmosphere, the flute and alto saxophone - the voice of the Wabanaki, and the key clicks that create the rustling wind.  The full enchanting melody of the wabanaki people is then presented by a flute solo.  Based on a pentatonic (five-note scale), the melody is adapted from actual Wabanaki flute music.  This melody returns repeatedly throughout the work, often in a developed and altered form.  A melodic journey thus ensues, where each change in ensemble "color" or increase and decrease of acoustical warmth, illustrates a point of arrival in the park.

When the music is sparse, I imagine simpler landscapes such as a stream or a flight of birds.  However, when the melody is played by many instruments, I wanted to illustrate more powerful terrains such as the crashing of the massive waves into Thunder Hole and the climactic peak of Cadillac Mountain.  The listener is therefore carried through the park, a traveler amoung the Wabanaki, with the development of the first flute melody.  The journey all the while moves among a vivid painted sky that musically emerges from time to time in form of harmonic chorale-like progressions, often highlighted in the brass.

A shift occurs in the work with the entrance of a tribal drum circle.  Based on present day Wabanaki drumming and chant, this section features a call and response pattern.  Instead of hand drums, the band uses timpani and bass drum, while in the place of voices, the wind instruments represent the chanting.  A textural crescendo is created by slowing adding more instruments to the sound.  This represents a joining of all tribe members in the ceremony.  The slow fading of Wabanaki song is then heard in the last conversation between solo flute and the flute section."

-Joni Greene

Concert Band, grade level 3 - score and parts included

Publisher: Murphy Music
Composer/Author: Greene, Joni
Catalog Number: W-523