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Dream of Coming Home, A


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 6:45
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2010

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    A Dream of Coming Home was created and written for middle school through professional ensembles. Heavily cross-cued, it can be successfully performed with full or limited instrumentation as indicated.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3 | Duration: 6:45

    Flute 1-2
    Oboe 1-2
    English Horn
    Bassoon 1-2
    Bb Clarinet 1-3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1-2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Trumpet 1-3
    F Horn 1-2
    Trombone 1-2
    Bass Trombone
    Double Bass

    Percussion 1 (Bells, Ocean Drum)
    Percussion 2 (Crotales, Field Drum)
    Percussion 3 (Chimes, Suspended Cymbal)
    Percussion 4 (Bell Tree, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Rain Stick)
    Percussion 5 (Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Rain Stick)
    Percussion 6 (Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum)

    Program Notes
    A Dream of Coming Home is dedicated to those in service to our country who are stationed around the world. The piece depicts the dream-like thoughts of home that run through a person’s mind while slowly drifting off to sleep. The musical colors in the piece represent those sentiments and sounds: a stroll down a lane; tolling church bells; twittering birds; a gentle summer rain; distant thunder; thoughts of parents and family; and the anticipation of a grand homecoming celebration.

    The main theme is simplistic yet beautiful – like the reminiscence of the comforts of home. The theme is presented three times in the piece, each time becoming stronger and more dominant. In the middle of the work, rainsticks represent the calmness of a gentle summer rain, but is interrupted by the entrance of drums announcing the reality of the here and now. This leads to the last grand statement of the main theme, which is heroic and brings with it a feeling of great contentment and hope. The work concludes as it began in a dream-like state of wonder. The final bell stroke brings a calm, peaceful smile as you sense you are finally home…

    Thank you to all who serve this country and risk their lives to protect our freedom.

    - John Carnahan

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    • A Dream of Coming Home

      SDUSD High School Honor Band Performing A Dream of Coming Home By John Carnahan. Performed at Copley Symphony Hall San Diego. Conductor John Carnahan. Year 2010
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