A Summer’s Day

By Lewis Spratlan | For Orchestra | 16′

Title: A Summer’s Day
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2008
Instrumentation: For Orchestra (see thumbnails for instrumentation)
Duration: 15′

Format: Full Score in C
Page Size: Tabloid (11″x17″)
Catalog Number: OM0413

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From the composer:

The piece opens with a hymn to the summer solstice in Celtic style, which grounds it in a mythic past of sorts and which, during the course of this summer’s day, can be heard in the distance from time to time, as through an open window. Towards the end the hymn makes its way, lightly, to the foreground. Points of focus range widely: Pre-dawn Nightmare; High Humidity, Moist Sheets; Pick-up Basketball Game at the Park; Nap; At the Computer; Serene Evening, Soft Breezes, Crickets, a Distant Storm; Starry Night.


A Summer’s Day (2008) uses a simple, dreamy Celtic tune at the start as a jumping-off place for an elusive, complex suite that ruminates on the tensions below the surface of an inviting day.”

The New York Times

Commission/Dedication: Commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Gil Rose, conductor.
Premiere: First performed May 22, 2009 in Boston, MA by BMOP, Gil Rose, conductor.
Recording: This work is recorded by BMOP on BMOPsound on the album “LEWIS SPRATLAN: Apollo and Daphne Variations; A Summer’s Day; Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra“.

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