when day is gone

Year of composition
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Concert band / wind band
Instrumental parts
Not available

This slow, chorale-like piece is about saying 'goodbye' in many ways - the title alludes to a 1920s popular song 'When Day is Done', made famous by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. We were playing this sad, poignant song in a 1920s-style dance orchestra around the time our pianist passed away. Another early jazz song to exert an influence here was 'Bye Bye Blues' - again, the theme of 'saying goodbye'. 'when day is gone' was commissioned by Peter Thomas (who is also on the SibeliusMusic site), for the Epsom Girls' Grammar Concert Band.

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