Day of Freedom (2004)

(Unpublished)
Duration: approx. 9:30

Requested by Bandmaster Peter Fuller for the Clydebank Citadel SA Band (UK), Day of Freedom is a rhapsody for brass band and percussion. It was premiered by Clydebank band at their band weekend in November 2004.

The music takes as its premise three Biblical truths:

(1) Each person is made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26); designed to reflect the glory of the Creator.

(2) Since The Fall (Gen. 2) man has become separated from God (Rom. 3:23) and each person is born with a void that only a relationship with God can fill. 

(3) Having been saved from this state of original sin (by receiving the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ), believers await the return of Christ – the Day of Freedom.

The music seeks to paint a musical picture of the journey taken by every human being born since the time of Adam.  The journey begins with sin and moves to salvation; from daily Christian living to death; and finally to the second coming of Christ – the Day of Freedom (1 Thess. 4:16).

The opening fanfares declare the believers hope in Christ’s return, and our divine calling to reflect the glory of the Creator.

The next section develops the idea that in his search for God, man seeks to fill that void with other things, but ultimately his longing for real peace and joy is never realised.  Thus the song Praise to the Lord, the Almighty is heard a few times but never completed - symbolic of man's struggle to realise his divine potential.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation;
All ye who hear,
Brothers and sisters draw near,
Praise him in glad adoration.

Joachim Neander (1650-80)
SA Songbook 19 (Tune: Lobe den Herren TB 721)

Recording by
North York Temple Band
from their album 
Day of Freedom (2008)

Day of Freedom (North York Temple).mp3


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A 12/8 section develops this conflict further – the song Praise to the Lord repeatedly trying to make itself heard but eventually it is defeated - the sinful nature prevails - and eventually, in 7/4 time a loud, boisterous ‘sin’ motif appears. The 12/8 rhythm resumes before, a single, fanfare-like motif of hope is heard.

At the slow movement a Baritone solo represents the soul’s cry for this world to end, and for the new Heaven and Earth to begin – a look ahead to the time of peace predicted by St. John in Revelation 21:4. After this a quiet lament echoes themes from Bernard Herrmann’s score to the film Citizen Kane – itself another story of how pursuing worldly success ultimately ends in destruction.

Next, the popular Gospel song Midnight Cry challenges the listener to consider the 'Day of Freedom' when Jesus returns (as described in 1 Thess. 4:16). The Bible teaches that believers will be united with God and on that day. Released from the snare of sin, they will finally be able to praise Him as they were designed to do.

I hear the sound of a mighty rushing wind,
And it’s closer now than it’s ever been;
I can almost hear the trumpet as Gabriel sounds the call,
At the midnight cry, we’ll be goin’ home.

When Jesus steps out on a cloud to call His children,
The dead in Christ shall rise to meet Him in the air;
And then those that remain shall be quickly changed,
At the midnight cry when Jesus comes again.

Words and music: Chuck & Greg Day

After the song the tempo builds to a reprise of the ‘sin’ theme – we are reminded that the believer's time on earth is not yet over. Yet he looks forward to the Day of Freedom and the percussion flourishes heard next symbolise Jesus’ imagery as recorded in Matthew 24:27-35: 

“For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

The music concludes with a final reprise of Midnight Cry.  The Day of Freedom has arrived and the music ends with four statements of ‘Amen!’ 


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