The Awakening Hour
for wind ensemble(2017)
|Commission||Commissioned by the Jeffrey H. Renshaw Fund for New Music|
|Premiere||November 30, 2017; Von der Mehden Recital Hall, Storrs, CT; University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble • Jeffrey H. Renshaw, conductor|
|Instrumentation||pic.3.3.ca.3.bcl.2asax.tsax.bsax.2.cbsn-4.3.3.btbn.2-timp.3perc(I. crot [2 octaves], chimes, timbales, bng; II. vib, lg tam-t, 4tom-t; III. glsp, lg b.d)-pno(amplified)-2cb(amplified)|
The Awakening Hour was written to honor my friend Professor Jeffrey Renshaw and his retirement from the University of Connecticut. The title 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.” The vibrant “awakening” of the day’s first light emerging from the hills near my home in southern New Hampshire, was a continual source of inspiration for the music.
– Joseph Schwantner