Golden Light: A Celebration Piece

Golden Light: A Celebration Piece2019-05-07T00:26:57+00:00

Project Description

Wind Ensemble
8 min.

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University of New Hampshire, Andrew Boysen, cond.
On the album The Music of David Maslanka (2008)

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Picc Fl-2 Ob BbCl-2 BCl Bsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-2 Tpt-2 Tbn-2 Bar Tuba | Timp Perc-4

  • Piccolo
  • Flute (2)
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in B♭ (2)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Bassoon
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F (2)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (2)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (4 players)
    • Marimba
    • Xylophone
    • Tambourine
    • Glockenspiel
    • Tom-toms (4)
    • Vibraphone
    • Suspended Brass Pieces (5, opt. sub. Bell Tree)
    • Suspended Cymbal (sm.)
    • Claves
    • Bongos (2)
    • Indian Tom-tom (sm.)
    • Wood Block
    • Cabasa
    • Cow Bell (sm.)
    • Crash Cymbal
    • Hi-hat Cymbal
    • Temple Blocks
    • Triangle (3)
    • Bass Drum with Cymbal
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 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.

Program Note

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.

Program Note by David Maslanka

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