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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Parts (Rental) - $450.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $75.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II (II preferred)
String Bass
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals (small)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • EFX (or small China Cymbal)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Handbells (3)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Crash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is the biggest piece I’ve written since being medicated for ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] (I was diagnosed in mid-2020), and it’s the most substantial piece I’ve written since the start of the pandemic. (I’ve written very little; it was basically impossible for me to motivate myself when concerts grinded to a halt. Things feel much more normal -- and creative -- again.)

So the idea with this one, partially by design, but largely just because it happened to turn out this way once I started writing, is that of emerging from darkness, “a deep reverberation,” with the return of some sense of normalcy, coinciding with, at least for me, some hope of an improvement of mental health.

That said, none of this piece is sorrowful. It starts with handbells! (Thank you, Larry Livingston, for your help with that!) But it does spend eight minutes pulling back and forth between levels of tension before finally “filling with stars.”

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by Amador Friends of Music in honor of Jonathan Grantham's 20th Anniversary as Director of Bands at Amador Valley High School.

For Jonathan Grantham.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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