Arranger TURNER, DANIEL
Composer SUK, JOSEF
Voicing/Instrument CONC MARCH
Publisher TRN MUSIC PUBLISHER,INC
Toward a New Life is an example of Suk's heroic, late-Romantic style. It was first sketched in April 1919, when the Czech army was called into action to protect the southern districts of Slovakia. Patriotic fervor was running high when Suk produced the 3 highly evocative works of which New Life is a part. In its first version, the march was combined with the 2 other patriotic works, Meditation Upon the Chorale of St. Venceslaus and Legend of the Victorious Dead, to form Opus 35. The march, however, was sketchy, containing only a 20-measure first and second strain and a 40-measure trio. For the autumn 1919 music festival sponsored by the Czechoslovak Sokol Organization, Suk entered the march, arranged for piano duet, with an added 31-measure fanfare intro and was awarded first prize. He then expanded and scored it for symphony orchestra. At its premiere in June 1920 at the Sokol Festival in Prague, the march proved popular, & was named the official march of the festival. It was used yearly for the Festival Parade until WW II. In 1932, Toward a New Life again earned Suk a first prize, this time at the musical contest held in conjunction with the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.