The Sun Waited for Me

Score & Parts, Downloadable

Duration 7:30 $115.00

Reed Doubles

  1. Fl., AltoFl.
  2. Fl., Cl.


This is a tenor 2 feature, also prominently featuring trombone 3 on a lyrical melody.


5 reeds, 4 trumpets/fluegelhorns, 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, accordion*, guitar, piano, bass, drums

*Alternatively, the accordion part could be played on vibes or violin if you do not have accordion available to you.

The offer contains

  • Downloadable PDF Score & Parts formatted for 11X17 2-page foldable parts, or single 8.5X11 parts.
  • Original audio track from the recording (download)
  • Original audio track minus the solo (for soloists' practice)
  • Streamed rehearsal instructional video with Maria
  • Streamed interviews with players on recording


Recorded on Data Lords, "The Sun Waited for Me" was first composed in a string version plus jazz trio, entitled "How Important It Must Be" for Dawn Upshaw and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Scott Robinson (alto clarinet), Frank Kimbrough (piano), and Jay Anderson (bass). The poetry for that song and the entire 9-piece song cycle I composed is by Ted Kooser, and the song cycle/album carries the same name as Kooser’s incredible highly recommended book, Winter Morning Walks.

The opening chorale in this version is a lovely way to feature your brass. This piece is also a great feature for a trombonist with a warm beautiful sound, as well as for a beautiful tenor soloist who can play lyrically, but also knows how to build a piece to a climax. This piece requires the conductor to have some skills in conducting rubato passages. Being well acquainted with the recording will make that part much easier.

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