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©2019 by J. Aaron Stanley.

Shafts of Sunlight Through Stained Glass Windows

for Antiphonal Brass & Percussion

Duration: 4.5 minutes

 

Instrumentation:

LEFT GROUPING: Trumpet in Bb (or C), Horn in F, Trombone

MIDDLE GROUPING: 3 Percussionists (1 Xylophone, 1 Vibraphone, Claves)

RIGHT GROUPING: Trumpet in Bb (or C), Horn in F, Trombone

 

Program Notes:

Shafts of Sunlight was born of the idea of mimicking through music the way light is scattered into its component frequencies when passing through a window or prism. The opening “scattered” chords is the scattering of sunlight, and throughout the piece, we hear different colors and different interpretations of this idea represented through music.

Structurally, the piece works through the diatonic circle fifths (while visiting a couple of other keys for tonal variety) before returning to a “lifted” (now in Lydian mode) and “timeless” (unaccompanied by percussion) reprise of the opening scattered chords.

 

 

 

 

It's seven sections (the eighth section being a varied reprise of the first), are like taking a tour through a cathedral in the shape of a cross, experiencing the unique way sunlight passes through the stained glass windows of each wall as the day progresses.

Performance Notes:

 

Although a conductor may help keep the piece together, it may be played without a conductor. Each player should be tuned into the metronomic beat of the claves. The final section may by led by the two trumpet players, maintaining eye contact, and using the bell of their horn to (subtly) beat time.

 

This piece would work wonderfully in a cathedral, a wide concert stage, or an open atrium.

RENTAL of Score & Complete Set of Parts:

$75 per performance