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Radiant Joy

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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gorilla Salad Productions
Cost: Score and Parts - $245.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


Full score
C Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Cymbal (2: Hi-Hats)
  • Drumset Crash (sus.) Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Note

Radiant Joy was my first new work for winds after two and a half years away, and one that I hope is equal to its title in character and purity of intent. It comes after a difficult period in my personal life, and thus its character was something of a surprise to me. This work began life as a strict, 12-tone, serialized creature modeled on Webern -- I wanted something sparse and tightly constructed (in harmonic and intervallic terms), while still retaining a vital rhythmic pulse. After several sketches that ended in anger and frustration, I realized I was metaphorically banging my head against the creative wall, and perhaps I should stop forcing this music into existence with a prescriptive process, and simply listen inwardly to what I actually wanted to hear. The result is simultaneously the opposite of what I was originally trying to create, and also its direct realization -- the vital rhythmic pulse is still prominent, but the harmonic materials veered toward the language of '70s/'80s funk/jazz/fusion (at least, that's what I've been told). Regardless, the piece is intended to emanate joy and 'good vibes' (literally -- the vibraphone is featured prominently), for the performers, the audience, and the composer!

- Program Note by composer



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Wayne (Neb.) State College Wind Ensemble (David Bennett, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Miami (Ohio) University Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor)– 11 March 2020
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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 2 October 2019
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  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Kaitlin Bove, conductor) - 6 March 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Eric W. Bush, conductor) - 21 February 2019
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Timothy Yontz, conductor) – 3 November 2018
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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Chybowski, conductor) - 12 April 2018
  • The Georgia State University (Atlanta) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Ambrose, conductor) – 24 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southern Conference, Tampa, Fla.)
  • DePauw University Band (Greencastle, Ind.) (Craig Paré, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • University of Delaware (Newark, Del.) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Kevin LeBoeuf, conductor) – 31 May 2017
  • Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Robert C. Cameron, conductor) – 29 February 2008 (CBDNA 2008 Eastern Division Conference, Washington, D.C.)

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