Alone the Sun Arises


Alone the Sun Arises


Clark, Reber

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

The majesty of the sun and stars can be heard in the soaring brass melodies while the fast paced rhythms in the winds and percussion give this piece the excitement students will love.

Program Notes

The solemn peaks but to the stars are known
But to the stars and the cold lunar beams.
Alone the sun arises,
and alone spring the great streams."

- Matthew Arnold, In Utrumque Paratus

In Utrumque Paratus, i.e. "Prepared for either," is a poem by Matthew Arnold (1822-1888). This particular verse of that poem grabbed me and wouldn't let go. A special thanks to the Southeast Polk High School Wind Ensemble and their director, Mr. Randy Hoepker, for giving me the opportunity to compose this work for them.

- Reber Clark

Grade Level: 3
Copyright: 2002
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 6:45

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Sample PDF

  • alone-score.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Clarinet 1
    Clarinet 2/3
    Bass Clarinet
    Eb Contralto Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Trumpet 1
    Bb Trumpet 2
    Bb Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    F Horn 3
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2/3

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1 (triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine)
    Percussion 2 (crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, gong, shaker)
    Percussion 3 (bells, vibraphone)
    Percussion 4 (chimes)
    Percussion 5 (xylophone, shaker)