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James Lee III

James Lee III


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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Subito Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $250.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II-III
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
Contrabassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-XI
Horn in F I-VIII
Trombone I-VII
Euphonium I-II-III-IV
Tuba I-II-III-IV
Harp
Piano
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This new work by James Lee III was made possible with funding from the Miles Johnson Endowment. It is inspired by Biblical text from Luke 21:26–28:

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things, which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up you heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The composer writes:

I have tried to provide a musical commentary on these verses that includes the elements of delicate dissonances, relative security, and a world engulfed with pleasure and revelry. As the music continues, there are harsh dissonant chords that evoke the panic and strife for some people as the result of the global financial crisis and extreme weather conditions. Throughout various passages, instrumental solos represent individual concerns, worries, and distresses. From time to time delicate dissonances transform into beautiful gorgeous sonorities evoking nostalgia for a time of more youthful innocence and a carefree world of ease. However, a use of pedal points and rhythmic ostinati provide more of a sense of future uncertainties as the brass builds up to a climactic chord as the work ends.

- Program Note by Timothy Mahr


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