Awake, You Sleepers! (Bitensky, Laurence Scott)

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Performances

Recordings

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Bitensky (2012/7/23)

Performers John Hagstrom, trumpet
The "President's Own" United States Marine Band, Col Michael Colburn
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Sheet Music

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Trumpet and Piano (Composer)

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Bitensky (2011/9/7)

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General Information

Work Title Awake, You Sleepers!
Alternative. Title Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble
Composer Bitensky, Laurence Scott
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 sections
1. Tekiah
2. Shevarim
3. Teruah
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2002
First Performance. John Hagstrom, trpt; RNCM Wind Ensemble
First Publication. 2002
Dedication Vince DiMartino
Average DurationAvg. Duration 15 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Solo C trumpet + 2 + picc. (2 doub alto), 2 +Eng. Hn., 3 + B. Cl. (1 doub. Eb). 2 / 2 alt. sax., 1 ten. sax., 1 bar. sax. / 4, 3, 2+ bass trb., 2 Euph., 1 / double bass / 4 perc. / pno. (doub cel.)

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Finalist of Distinctive Merit -- Big Ten Band Commission, Big Ten Band Directors Association / Finalist for Saint Mary's University Kaplan Commissioning Project (2003, 2009)

The ancient instrument known as the shofar, or ram's horn, has a special place in the Jewish tradition. Legend recounts that its sound was heard at the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, the tumbling walls of Jericho, as a call for battle, and that its sound will be heard to herald a messianic era. The instrument has survived through post-Biblical and contemporary times and features prominently in the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The blowing of the shofar in the Rosh Hashanah service is a call for repentance, symbolically awakening the sleeper from a moral and spiritual slumber.

Each of the three movements of Awake, You Sleepers! is based on one of the three calls associated with the blowing of the shofar. Tekiah is a long note rising in pitch; shevarim is three shorter notes; and teruah is a long repeated staccato blast. Each movement is also preceded by well-known verses from the Rosh Hashanah liturgy. Much of the music for Awake, You Sleepers! is based on Rosh Hashanah motives and melodies that occur in the German/East-European musical tradition.

"One of the finest additions to the trumpet and wind ensemble repertoire to date." -- Vince DiMartino, President Emeritus, International Trumpet Guild