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Until the Night Collapses

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Andrew David Perkins

Andrew David Perkins

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General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Andrew David Perkins
Cost: Score and Parts – Available after April 1, 2019


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"Love! Love until the night collapses..." from the second poem of Canto General (1950), Pablo Neruda's tenth book of poetry. Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, or as he was better known, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was a Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, who was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He often wrote in green ink, which was his personal symbol for desire and hope.

Hope speaks to me through this line of poetry. I'm watching our American society violently spasm as the rise of hate groups, fascists, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are met with massive counter-protests. Mass shootings with tragic civilian casualties are becoming a regularly occurring nightmare. Families seeking asylum are being torn apart, and I see so much anger, so much contempt, and horrifically, so much violence. I feel as though we are in the dark, in the deep of night, disoriented and desperately seeking the light.

Until The Night Collapses is a meditation on the crisis our nation faces and ideals to which we aspire. It interpolates traditional American patriotic songs with fragments of Sunday, Bloody Sunday by U2, an anthem for peace and non-violence.

Dedicated to the students, parents and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida.

- Program Note by composer

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