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Judith Bingham

Judith Bingham

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General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £50.95   |   Score Only (print) - £14.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bright Spirit, based on a poem of the same name by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), was dedicated to Timothy and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son Will, who died in a climbing accident in 2001, at the age of 32. The poem is a brief elegy for Shelley's son, also named William, who died in childhood.

Bingham¹s seven-minute meditation on a parent¹s loss of a child is a wordless reflection of the sentiments of anguished grief expressed in the poem.

Bright Spirit

My lost son William, thou in whom
Some bright spirit lived, and did
That decaying robe consume
Which its lustre faintly hid,
Here its ashes find a tomb.
But beneath this pyramid
Thou are not ­ if a thing divine
Like thee can die, thy funeral shrine
Is thy mother¹s grief and mine.

Where art thou gentle child?
Let me think thy spirit feeds,
Within its life intense and mild,
The love of living leaves and weeds,
Among these ruins cold and wild;
Let me think that through low seeds
Of the sweet flowers and sunny grass,
Into their hues and scents may pass
A portion

Bright Spirit was commissioned by Timothy Reynish with financial assistance from Baylor University, Texas, USA, and BASBWE. It is dedicated "To Tim and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son Will who died in a climbing accident in 2001" and was first performed by Baylor University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Timothy Reynish, in Jones Concert Hall, Waco, Texas, USA, on 5 February 2002.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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