Winter Morning Walks (recorded vers: soprano, strings, pno, bs, alt/bs clar)

Study Score, Downloadable

Duration 29:00 $165.00


Violin I (5)
Violin II (5)
Viola (3)
Violoncello (3)
Contrabass (1)
Bass clarinet and alto clarinet (improvising musician)
Piano (improvising musician) (needs a little pad to create a muted affect on mvt. 2 & 6)
Bass (improvising musician)

Note: I have heard groups play this with 4 violas, 4 celli, and 2 contrabasses, and it is also lovely with a little extra weight on the bottom.

This work (a nine movement song cycle) was recorded on Winter Morning Walks, performed by Dawn Upshaw and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. It was commissioned by the Ojai Festival/Cal Performances/Australian Chamber Orchestra for its debut performance on June 12th, 2011. The poetry for this work is by Ted Kooser.

The offer contains

  • Downloadable PDF study scores (clarinet transposed) to the nine-piece song cycle "Winter Morning Walks"
  • Streamed videos of Maria discussing the writing of "Winter Morning Walks"
  • (This offer does not include “Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories”)


This Grammy-winning song cycle “Winter Morning Walks” features nine spectacular poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning and US poet laureate Ted Kooser from his book Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison.

Recorded by the great soprano, Dawn Upshaw, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, along with bassist, Jay Anderson, pianist, Frank Kimbrough, and alto/bass clarinet player, Scott Robinson, Winter Morning Walks (the album) received 3 Grammy Awards: best vocal performance, best classical composition, and best engineered album (classical).

Composed for string orchestra, soprano, and three music jazz musicians, the music displays a lot of flexibility in timing, and it was performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra without conductor, but Maria has conducted it as well.

Along with the score, you will receive streamed access to video of Maria talking about the composing of each of these songs and how the poetry inspired her. 



The piano and the alto/bass clarinet each have solo improvisatory moments, and jazz bass part is called on to be improvisatory and decorative as well.


Violin I (5 players)
Violin II (5 players)
Viola (3 players)
Violoncello (3 players)
Contrabass (C ext) (1 player)
Players requiring jazz and classical sensibilities below:
Rhythm bass
Woodwinds (alto clarinet/bass clarinet)