for Concert Band
(see perusal score below for full instrumentation)
Duration: ca. 5'
This work is the result of a collaboration between the composer and the
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Light Descending draws its inspiration from the counterintuitive idea that as we move downward, away from the sunlight, the world can become even more magnificent.
The music begins in full light with a Grandioso introduction, representing the more obvious beauty that we can see every day. The work is anchored by an eighth note ostinato which is intentionally ambiguous as to whether it is ascending or descending, representing that physically moving lower does not necessarily mean the same emotional response.
Towards the end of the work, the Grandioso from the introduction returns as if to show that if we are willing to find it, the beauty above can be found below.
This work was written shortly after I finished reading Robert McFarlane’s Underland: A Deep Time Journey. While perhaps not literally represented, the vivid descriptions of hidden water, cave systems, and glaciers were certainly fresh in my mind during the compositional process.
Photo courtesy of Michael Worden