Lux Perpetua

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 11:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $395.00   |   Score Only (print) - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Bongos
  • China Cymbal (medium)
  • Crotales(bowed)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro (medium large)
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (medium small)
  • Tam-Tam (large)
  • Triangle (2: small and medium)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lux Perpetua was composed for the Baylor University Wind Ensemble in memory of two young clarinetist members of that ensemble, Laura Onwudinanti and Jack Stewart, whose lives were tragically cut short in an automobile accident in 2014. The work’s title is drawn from the last line of the Latin text, Lux aeterna: “et lux perpetua luceat eis” (and let perpetual light shine upon them). The idea of light as both protector and illuminator was constantly in my mind as I composed the piece. Two kinds of light comprise the work: one soft and meditative, the other more sparkling and effervescent. Also in mind were the respective personality traits of the two dedicatees, Jack being more thoughtful and introspective, Laura being more spontaneous and gregarious.

A simple call motive begins the piece, introduced by the clarinets. Its two main notes form a descending minor 3rd, a sound that is universally associated with a call or greeting (think “yoo-hoo”) but also widely associated with playground games and nursery rhymes. This idea is laced into the entire fabric of the piece, sometimes serving as transition material, other times appearing unexpectedly for purposes of contrast, still other times flowering into main melody.

The main melody is at once longing and noble in quality, and is constructed in a way that suggests the notion of infinity. Its accompanying harmony depicts a kind of bellows or the act of breathing, in and out perpetually. It never settles on a final chord, but instead moves to a built-in modulation, compelling the melody to repeat itself in a chain of new keys.

A faster, more energetic middle section serves as a dramatic contrast, but rather than give it a new theme, I chose to continue with a variant of the main melody. The accompanying harmony is still breathing, the lyrical line still permeating the entire section, but this time building to a tremendous climax. The final coda is a brief meditation. The main melody echoes itself tenderly as the harmony begins its slow and fragile ascent to the heavens.

Lux Perpetua received its world premiere by the Baylor University Wind Ensemble, Eric Wilson, conductor, at the centennial meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association on February 13, 2020.

- Program Note by composer


  • NBA/William Revelli Memorial Award, 2021, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Oklahoma City University (Okla.) Wind Philharmonic (Katie Crim, conductor) - 22 February 2024
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 10 October 2023
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Wind Ensemble (T. André Feagin, conductor) - 1 June 2023
  • Lexington High School (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Jared L. Cassedy, conductor) - 28 March 2023 (Pacific Basin International Music Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Fresno (Calif.) State University Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) - 25 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) - 12 February 2023
  • La Sierra University (Riverside, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (David Brennan, conductor) – 12 November 2022
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Shanti Simon, conductor) - 2 October 2022
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) - 18 September 2022
  • Lockport (Ill.) Township High School Wind Symphony (Alex Kaminsky, conductor) – 8 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Winds (Frank Ticheli, conductor) - 1 April 2022
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band (Amy Acklin, conductor) - 20 February 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 17 February 2022
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 7 February 2022
  • United States Army Field Band I (Fort Meade, Md.) (Frank Ticheli, conductor) - 15 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Washington (Seattle) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Salzman, conductor) - 9 December 2021
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Robert Schwartz, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) - 1 October 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio) *Premiere Performance*
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 7 February 2020

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