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Lights and Smoke

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Rachel Elizabeth Matthews

Rachel Elizabeth Matthews

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

A musician named Gawvi once said that all music is lights and smoke; it is ethereal. Music becomes a play of the bright and mysterious to take us away from reality for a small time. Gawvi was referring to the bright lights and smoke machines that accompany many popular and hip-hop concerts and make music an experience for all senses.

Growing up in Atlanta, I was raised on hip-hop, R&B, and gospel music. Those genres are a major influence on how I listen to and appreciate music. While the classical concert hall does not usually bring to mind bright lights and smoke-filled stages, it does have the ability to transcend reality. Together, elements from hip hop and classical music combine to form Lights and Smoke, written for wind ensemble.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 February 2018


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