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Neon Nights

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Jules Pegram

Jules Pegram


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: JPEG Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling Soprano Saxophone)
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
Tuba
String Bass
Piano/Celesta
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Piatti
  • Ratchet
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, medium
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangles (small, medium, large)
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whips (small and large)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Transcribed for concert band in 2013, Neon Nights for Orchestra has been performed by ensembles nationwide, from New World Symphony in South Beach, Miami and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to New Jersey's Symphony in C and the USC Thornton Symphony in Los Angeles.

I have always been enamored by the hot, vivid glow of neon lights, particularly those found in Las Vegas and in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The dazzlingly bright element neon, often housed in a variety of colorful, quirky-shaped tubes, proved to be an irresistible subject for a musical composition.

In this ten-minute orchestral showpiece, the listener will be taken on an ever-changing journey through a shimmering, cosmopolitan sound world. The vast majority of the piece is based off just two compositional elements -- a bright, whimsical melody and an angular ostinato figure. These two motivic ideas return again and again, though they are constantly portrayed in different contexts—often they are bold and bright, at other times cool and mellow.

Although Neon Nights does not adhere to a specific storyline or narrative, I did at times have specific images and moods in mind. For example, at the onset of the slower middle section, the atmosphere instantly becomes floaty and diaphanous, with sliding gestures and amorphous sounds; here, one might easily imagine being encapsulated within a tube filled with hot neon gas. Similarly, in the last bar of the piece, a loud spark-like clap helps initiate a “smoking” fizzle, depicting a neon tube so bright and full of energy that it bursts open, spilling out its colorful contents and vanishing into the dark.

- Program Note by composer


Awards

  • Third Annual Frank Ticheli Composition Contest, 2013, finalist


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 10 November 2021
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Jules Pegram, conductor) – 5 November 2025
  • Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (Ann Arbor) (Jules Pegram, conductor) - 23 March 2014


Works for Winds by This Composer


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