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Dawn Refrains at Arlington
James Hirt
concert band (score and parts)
Quantity in Basket: none
Code: 09880
Price: $150.00
Shipping Weight: 3.00 pounds

David R. Gillingham Signature Band Series
Grade V
Duration 13:00

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Dawn Refrains at Arlington

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In memory of all the American Heroes who have sacrificed to preserve Justice & Liberty

Commissioned by the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University Bands, Gary M. Ciepluch – Director.
The composition is intended as an expression of gratitude and honor for all the courageous Americans who have sacrificed to defend and protect freedom. This single movement composition has four main sections which are subtitled:

I. Count the Loss
II. Freedom Remains
III. But Not Forgotten
IV. Solemn March of Honor

Each section is intended to embody a specific mood or image associated with this austere national monument. The seemingly endless ocean of graves at Arlington National Cemetery is a reminder of the overwhelming cost of freedom.
- James A. Hirt

James A. Hirt currently teaches in the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace College. His compositions have been performed by The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The St. Louis Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, The Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra, The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and The DePauw Symphony Orchestra. Hirt’s orchestral works have been broadcast on over 500 times in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The composer has received many commissions and won a number of national and local composition competitions, including: two prestigious A.S.C.A.P. awards, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowships, The Cincinnati Symphony’s Bicentennial Young Composers Competition, The American Choral Directors Composition Competition, the Margaret Fairbanks Jory Copying Assistance Grant, a University of Cincinnati Research Fellowship, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Competition, the WGUC 20th Anniversary Competition, and many A.S.C.A.P. Standard Grants. James received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Capital University, as well as Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He has studied music composition with Jonathan Kramer, Norman Dinerstein, and Allen Sapp.

It is an honor for me to introduce Dawn Refrains at Arlington by James Hirt, the third work in the Gillingham Signature Series. Dr. Hirt is Professor of Theory and Piano at Baldwin-Wallace College and is a relative newcomer to the wind band medium. This work is brilliantly scored and is full of depth and emotion. I am proud to include it in this series and to induct it into the band repertory.
- David R. Gillingham

Piccolo 1/2
Flute 1 (3 players)
Flute 2 (3 players)
Oboe 1
Oboe 2
English Horn
Bassoon 1
Bassoon 2
Clarinet in Eb
Clarinet in Bb 1 (2 players)
Clarinet in Bb II (3 players)
Clarinet in Bb III (3 players)
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Alto Saxophone 1/2 in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
Trumpet 1/2 in Bb
Trumpet 3/4 in Bb
Trumpet 5 in Bb
Horn 1/2
Horn 3/4
Tenor Trombone 1/2
Bass Trombone
Tuba (1-3 players)
Contra Bass
Amplified (acoustic) Piano
Synthetic (or amplified) Celesta
Percussion 1 (crotales, 2 soft mallets inside piano, xylophone, vibraphone, snare drum
Percussion 2 (bells, snare drum, 2 soft mallets inside piano, tam-tam, bass drum

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