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Cantus Laetus

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David Gillingham

David Gillingham


Subtitle: Concerto for Winds and Percussion


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 15:45
Difficulty: VI(see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum (2)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Cantus Laetus (Joyful Noise) is a statement of praise and affirmation of life which exploits every corner of emotion through the coloristic and dramatic capabilities of the symphonic band. Three main sections feature the three families of the ensemble, Calamus (reeds/woodwinds), Aes (brass), and Ictus (percussion). In addition to its own feature, the percussion section is involved in all the other sections along with the piano and harp.

- Program Note by publisher


My affection for composing for bands, winds, and percussion over the past twenty years has, in part, been a source of inspiration for Cantus Laetus. Another source has been the encouragement I have received from colleagues and friends who have thought that I should write a definitive work exploiting the attributes of this large group of winds and percussion that we call the "band." And, finally, I have been inspired by the University of Georgia Band program under the superb leadership of Dwight Satterwhite. This work is my fourth commission for the University of Georgia Band program and I hope will not be my last.

Virtually all the melodic material for this concerto is based on one of the most famous Gregorian Hymns, Veni Creator Spiritus for the Second Vespers of Whitsunday. This chant, as well as the Easter sequence, Victimae Paschal Laudes, are two of my favorite melodies of all time. Veni Creator Spiritus is tuneful and lends itself to a variety of harmonic settings. The title, Cantus Laetus, translates to Joyful Noise, with "noise" in this case being "music." There is obvious and intended reference in the title to Psalm 100 (Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!). In fact, wind and percussion instruments are mentioned throughout the entire book of Psalms as instruments of praise. Therefore, Cantus Laetus is a statement of praise and affirmation of life which exploits every corner of emotion through the coloristic and dramatic capabilities of the symphonic band.

The work is cast in three major sections, which are framed by an introduction, Initium, and a coda, Finis. The three middle sections feature the three families of the ensemble, Calamus (reeds/woodwinds), Aes (brass), and Ictus (percussion). In addition to its own feature, the percussion section is involved in all the other sections along with the piano and harp.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI


Performances

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  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 24 September 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) – 19 February 2017
  • Okemos (Mich.) High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble - 2009


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Gillingham, D. (2001). Cantus Laetus = (Joyful Noise) : Concerto for Winds & Percussion [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Lourens, Alan. Cantus Laetus. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 73.