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the South Shore Conservatory of Hingham, Massachusetts
3 August, 1990 by the South Shore Conservatory Summer Wind Ensemble (high school), Malcolm W. Rowell, Director of Bands at the University of Massachusetts, conductor.
Golden Light is an energetic and joyous piece which evolved out of brisk walks in the woods of upper Manhattan near which I lived for many years. The title was inspired by the play of sunlight in the trees, especially in late afternoons. The mildly hypnotic state induced by walking at a rapid pace brought about a music of short, repetitive melodic fragments and interweaving polyrhythms. The influence is distinctly traditional African where many voices arise out of a stable tonality to weave and blend together.
Golden Light–A Celebration Piece was commissioned by the South Shore Conservatory of Hingham, Massachusetts to honor its 20th anniversary. The Conservatory is a small community music school with a wide range of programs for all ages. Its Summer Wind Ensemble of advanced high school players gave the premiere performance on August 3, 1990. Malcolm W. Rowell, Director of Bands at the University of Massachusetts, conducted.