First Light

First Light2019-03-19T00:12:24+00:00

Project Description

Wind Ensemble
8 min.
Grade 6

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Preview Score


Picc Fl-2 Ob-2 B♭Cl-3 BCl CbCl Bsn Cbsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-3 B♭Tpt-4 Trb-3 BTrb Euph Tuba | DB Pno Perc-3

  • Piccolo
  • Flute (2)
  • Oboe (2)
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Bassoon
  • Contrabassoon
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F (3)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (4)
  • Trombone (3)
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Double Bass
  • Piano
  • Electric Organ
  • Required Percussion (3 players)
    • Bass Drum
    • Chimes
    • Crash Cymbals
    • Orchestra Bells
    • Sizzle Cymbal
    • Snare Drum
    • Suspended Cymbal (lg)
    • Tom Toms (sm, med, lg)
    • Vibraphone
    • Xylophone
For wind ensembles and concertos, please use one player per part. For symphonies and concert pieces, more players may be used as desired. David’s full statement.

Commissioned by

The United States Air Force Academy Band, Shanti Simon, cond.


10 February 2017 by the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band, Shanti Simon, cond., Boulder, CO

Program Note

First Light has two characters. They are marked in the musical score as “unforgettable wounds – darkness,” and “perseverance – first light.” It has been my long personal experience that no real change, no transformation, occurs without crisis. We don’t move if we don’t have to. This is as true on the societal and environmental levels as it is on the personal. We are facing huge crises in our society and in our world, with every aspect of human darkness rising to the surface. It is my faith that we, with imagination, work, and perseverance, are at the edge of a profound transformation – a movement into light.

(November 2016)

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