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Gilda Lyons

Gilda Lyons

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 5:550
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gilda Lyons
Cost: Score and Parts (print) -Unknown   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)

Players singing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In September 2018, as protesters from Nicaragua's Carazo region prepared to march against the increasingly dictatorial Ortega government, my tios (my aunt and uncle) wrote us with pictures of blockades and descriptions of the armed forces that awaited protesters. A world away, I responded by recording and posting a verse of Carlos Mejia Godoy's Nicaragua, Nicaraguita, a song that has become as clear a symbol of the resistance as the blue and white Nicaraguan flag. It was a cry into the abyss, but, to my surprise, it actually landed with dear ones and their friends in Nicaragua who wrote that they felt our family standing with them. From this urgent sense of reaching across distance through music grew la flor mas linda, written for Glen Adsit, Edward Cumming, and the Foot in the Door Ensemble.

With arms outstretched through sound, sonic images I associate with Nicaragua are slammed together: the basilica bells that toll freely during the Festival of San Sebastián; the pito and chischiles of the dance of the Toro Huaco, for which stand in flute and maracas; the firecrackers that announce celebration; scalar gestures that conjure the strong wind that blows through Diriamba, my mother's home town; fragments from Los Amores de Abraham, a tune my grandfather and his brothers played in their ensemble Marimba Diriangen; and a single gesture from Godoy's Nicaragua, Nicaraguita. Despite an impulse to center on vibrant imagery, celebratory sound mutates into the sinister, and song becomes lament. Estamos con la gente de Nicaragua, siempre. Viva Nicaragua libre.

- Program Note by composer for Foot in the Door Ensemble concert program, 22 February 2019

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Tina DiMeglio, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Hartt School (Hartford, Conn.) Foot in the Door Ensemble (Glen Adsit, conductor) – 22 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.) *Premiere performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer