Glimpse of the Eternal, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Perrine

Aaron Perrine

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aaron Perrine
Cost: Score and Parts - $140.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals (large)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam (2: medium and large)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 2008, the University of Iowa's Voxman Music Building was destroyed by flooding. For several years, music courses were taught in 19 separate buildings throughout campus as an interim solution. The 2016-2017 academic year marks the confluence of all School of Music activities under one roof, that of the new Voxman Music Building. A Glimpse of the Eternal was commissioned by Dr. Mark Heidel, director of bands at the University of Iowa to celebrate the first band concert in the new 700-seat concert hall. The premiere was given October 13, 2016, by the University of Iowa Symphony Band, Dr. Mark Heidel, conductor.

“The piece is called A Glimpse of the Eternal, taken from a poem by the same name. While the poem is not directly related to the music, I like the abstract connection between the theme of ‘coming home’ and using one of Kooser’s poems. I also think the title is somewhat related to this specific concert, as it will be the first glimpse of the new concert hall in Voxman,” Perrine said.

[Aaron Perrine] found his inspiration close to home as he considered the university’s theme of “coming home.” “I knew I wanted to incorporate that idea into the piece in some way,” Perrine said. “In this case, I went to an Iowa-born poet, Ted Kooser, for inspiration.” Perrine has been a long-time fan of Kooser, and says he believes Kooser captures the essence of the Midwest like no other. Drawing his inspiration from the words of the poem, he came up with his composition:

A Glimpse of Eternity

Just now
a sparrow lighted
on a pine bough
right outside
my bedroom window and a puff
of yellow pollen
flew away.

- Program Note from Cornell College


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State Ratings

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