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Radiance (Martin)

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Theresa Martin

Theresa Martin

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 8:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theresa Martin
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental (print) - $250.00; (digital) - $250.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare drum
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The initial inspiration behind Radiance came to me when reading about music and its healing properties, particularly a book called The Healing Forces of Music by Randall McClellan. Ancient philosophers believed that everything is in motion, everything is vibrating or emanating energy, and everything has a frequency. Some ancient musicians and philosophers also believed that music represented a microcosm, or miniature, of the order of the universe. The rhythms of music reflected everything from the movement of galaxies and stars to days and nights, and even the birth and death of our own cells. These concepts formed the basis of the practice of music as a healing force.

Throughout history, the simple principle continually applied in music is the movement away from and back to a tonal center. This idea is present in the beginning and end of my piece; however, rather than thinking of it as a tonal center, I envisioned it as a “principal frequency.” I imagined further that, before birth we are enfolded within a principal frequency, at birth we move away from it, throughout life we are resonated by it, and at death we return to it. This is the basis behind the form of the piece.

Two related concepts inspired the title, which came to me in the early stages of composing, as I was forming the concept of the piece. First is the concept of one’s aura, made up of a web of pulsating vibrational energies completely surrounding one’s self. Second is the idea that all forces of the universe are movements which radiate from their own center in circular waves in all directions.

In the beginning and end of the piece, the sustained chords in the brass over layers of fast swinging rhythms represent the different pulsating vibrational energies of the aura, made up of different wave lengths, rhythms, and frequencies. The two middle sections, consisting of driving, dance-like rhythms and contrasting melodies, represent a vigorous and spirited pace of life, as well as the joy of living.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 407.
  • Theresa Martin website Accessed 16 February 2021