Song for a New Day, Opus 69 by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation: solo euphonium (or trombone, trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, cello) with piano accompaniment
Copyright: 2016
Duration: 6:30
Range: F to b-flat-1
Difficulty: III
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Price: $15
Other Info: The work was commissioned by Edward Romine, a euphonium player from Fort Worth Texas. Edward premiered the piece on Veteran’s day, November 11, 2016.


Edward Romine has been an enthusiastic advocate for the music of Dr. Corwell for several years. During the Summer of 2016, Edward asked Neal to write a piece specifically for him. The result of that commission was Song for a New Day.

The opening bars are meant to suggest an awakening, the start of a new day. After the introductory section, in which the soloist and pianist take their turns at presenting the basic musical materials that will constitute the substance of the composition, the song itself begins. Full of energy and beauty, this composition is intentionally and unapologetically lyrical, consonant, and neo-romantic in spirit.