Despite its simplicity, The Peace to Come is deeply personal and bittersweet, reflecting feelings of both innocence and regality while remaining focused on developing ensembles.
The Peace to Come is a piece for beginning band students. It was written in
the key of Bb major, and uses primarily the first 7 notes learned on each instrument.
The beginning of the peace is slow and quiet with a happy, unbothered character,
and the melody is reminiscent of an old American folk tune. This melody reappears
in several different contexts – In fact, each instrument plays the melody at one point in the piece. The middle section is marked “Regal,” which means, “fit for a king.” This section is lively, and joyful, sounding much like a march, and the music builds with the primary melody played in canon. Finally, the piece ends as it begins, fading away until one final note is heard from the bells. The composer constructed this piece during bout with depression, and both the title
and the music reflect the feeling for which he desperately longed. For him, despite
its simplicity, it is a deeply personal and bittersweet piece of music.