Morning commute
a miniature tone-poem in three parts

Composition Date: 1996
Duration: 00:04:30
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
Our hero, after being rudely and repeatedly awakened by his shrill alarm, finally manages to rouse himself and rush out the door for work. He is greeted by a bright, crisp morning. Overwhelmed by its beauty, he forgets his rush, and pauses to watch some birds flitting about in a nearby tree. Suddenly, thinking he hears a distant bus, he remembers his hurry and continues on his way. His worst fears are confirmed when, on turning the last corner, he sees his bus pulling away from its stop. He runs after it, but in vain. The bus, unconcerned with our hero and his plight, heedlessly continues on its merry way. He watches as it drives into the distance, alone at the deserted stop. But the wait is brief, and soon our hero is again on his way, sitting comfortably at the back the next bus. A short time later, still not being late despite the earlier setback, our hero steps off the bus and runs the rest of the way to work. He is on time, but is immediately struck by the grim reality of his job. As if waking from a dream and only now being aware of the reality of his existence, he settles into the drab routine of work. But is this truly reality? Or was reality his walk to the bus, and the birds in the trees? The question answers itself, and suddenly our hero does not feel so bad.

Morning Commute was originally written for the Canadian Music Festival held from January 17th to January 24th 1997 in Windsor, Ontario. It was part of a collection of seven pieces written by Ontario composers, each under five minutes in duration, on the subject of 'morning.' The premier was given on Friday, January 24th 1997 in Assumption University Chapel in Windsor, Ontario, under the direction of Susan Haig.

Premiere Information:
24/1/1997 Assumption University Chapel Windsor Ontario Windsor Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Susan Haig


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 K885mo
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 5, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (34 p.) ;
    34 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 40
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    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, strings
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