publishing selected works of

Joseph Schwantner


(a new work for wind ensemble)




Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2-3 

Oboe 1, Oboe 2-3, English Horn

Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2-3, Bass Clarinet in Bb

Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2, Bb Tenor SaxophoneEb Baritone Saxophone

Bassoon 1-2, Contrabassoon

(Flutes 1,2 & 3 and Clarinets 1,2 & 3 may employ multiple players)


C Trumpet 1, C Trumpet 2-3

Horn 1-2, Horn 3-4

Trombone 1, Trombone 2-3, Bass Trombone

Euphonium 1-2

Tuba 1-2


Percussion 1: Crotales (two-octave set), Chimes, Timbales, Bongos

Percussion 2: Vibraphone, Large Tam-tam, 4 Tom-toms

Percussion 3: Glockenspiel, Concert Bass Drum

Contrabass 1-2 (amplified)

Piano (amplified)


Duration circa [4'] 


Score and Parts are available in both digital or printed editions:

1. Full Score (PDF) 

2. Full Score & Parts (PDF) 

After purchase, the files will be sent via Email

3. Full Score (print version)

4. Full Score & Parts (print version)

Printed Performing materials will be shipped via UPS


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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." 

The Awakening Hour- audio

Joseph Schwantner's Websites:




As one of the most prominent American composers today, Schwantner previously served on the Juilliard, Eastman and Yale faculties and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music has been performed world-wide by ensembles that include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, BBC Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony among many others.

Schwantner's compositional career has been marked by many awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 and several Grammy nominations. Among his many commissions is his Percussion Concerto, commissioned for the 150th anniversary season of the New York Philharmonic and is one of the most performed concert works of the past several decades. Christopher Lamb, soloist in the Naxos recording of Schwantner's Concerto by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra received a 2012 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo."

Schwantner's music is published by Atherton Hill PressSchott Helicon Music Corporation and the C.F. Peters Corporation and recorded on labels that include: Hyperion, BMG\RCA Red Label, Hyperion, Naxos, Innova, Koch International Classics, Boston Records, Albany Records and EMI/Virgin Records.