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No Brief Candle

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Jack Stamp

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

John Locke and I have been friends since he first arrived in North Carolina in the early 1980s. In our over 35-year friendship we have worked, laughed and cried together. So imagine my delight when Kevin Geraldi asked me on behalf of John's former conducting students to write a work honoring John’s career at UNCG. Earlier in 2019, I had come up with a little motive and developed it, not knowing what piece it would become. Following the commission request, I quickly realized that my motive, having a "Hindemithian" quality to it, would work perfectly in this piece. I recalled when John had his mentor, Harry Begian, to UNCG to conduct the Hindemith Symphony in B-flat. John was both proud and terrified! Kevin Geraldi also shared a George Bernard Shaw quote which John had framed on his office wall. Since John had told me that his favorite work of mine was Four Maryland Songs, I decided to include a setting of the Shaw quote for soprano voice.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.

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