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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


Instrumentation

Flute I-II-III (Flute III doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
Piano
Glockenspiel
Vibraphone
Marimba
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Cymbal (2 Hi-Hats)
  • Drumset Crash (sus.) Cymbal
  • Triangle


Errata

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 Steven Bryant


Awards


Commercial Discography

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Performances

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  • Miami (Ohio) University Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor)– 11 March 2020
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 24 January 2020
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Corey Seapy, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 2 October 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 13 March 2019
  • 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
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Shane Kealy, conductor) – 19 October 2018
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • 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
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 18 April 2016
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Michelle Rakers, conductor) – 10 April 2016
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen Pratt, conductor) 5 April 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Joshua Gall, conductor) – 22 February 2016


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