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Flicker in Time, A

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Benjamin Dean Taylor

Benjamin Dean Taylor


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 [see ratings for explanation]
Publisher: Benjamin Dean Taylor
Cost: Score and Parts (pdf) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Clarinet in Bb I-II
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet in Bb I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, medium and small
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes, metal
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The title, A Flicker In Time, is drawn from a quote in Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness. The original phrase reads: "...like a flash of lightening in the clouds. We live in the flicker."

One of the main factors that had led to organizing this particular consortium was our celebration of the tenth year anniversary of Willowcreek Middle School. Our particular region in Utah features large valleys between great mountains. There is a rich heritage of pioneers and exploration. It is also an area that continues to grow and develop. Dr. Taylor and I felt strongly that the music should represent these aspects of exploration, ascension, development, and hope. We wanted to recognize the youthfulness of our performers, their present moment in time, the lessons of the past, and the endless hope for the future.

We decided at the beginning of this project that we would involve the students of Willowcreek Middle School in naming this work. Upon completion of the first draft, the students were able to visit with Dr. Taylor via skype and hear his musical ideas, textures, and structure for this unnamed work. While the music itself was inspired by our original discussions, we wanted the students to first hear without initially knowing our original thoughts and inspirations. This experience was an interesting process to say the least. The majority of the students' suggestions related to exploration, celebrations, ascension, and epic adventures. In the end, a general story of a journey was adapted.

"A Flicker In Time" represents the path that we are on and our own moment in time. It is a joyful acknowledgement of the past, future, and present. Like the lives of these students, we stand on the shoulders of the past, with an anticipation of the adventures ahead. This is our time. This work pays tribute to our own youthful adventures and journeys along this path as it ascends between the clouds.

- Program Note by David Faires


Commissioned By:
Willowcreek Middle School, David Faires, Director, Head Commissioner
Creekside Middle School, Nichole Bier, Director
Hoover Middle School, Naomi Feldman And Ken Henze, Directors
Center Grove Middle School Central, Sam Fritz, Director
American Leadership Academy, Dustin Grady, Director
Barber Middle School, Robert Grogan And Michael Cahal, Directors
Madison Junior High School, Steven Klingler, Director
Millcreek Junior High, Chad King, Director
Vista Heights Middle School, Paul Lemen, Director
Timpanogos High School, Jared Morris, Director
West Hills Middle School, Victor Neves, Director
Centennial Junior High School, Steve Park, Director
Syracuse Junior High School, Zachary Poulter, Director
Ephraim Middle School, Josh Rasmussen, Director
Salem Junior High School, Daniel Stolworthy, Director
Lehi Junior High School, Howard Summers, Director
Centennial Middle School, Peter Werner, Director
Desert Hills Band Program, Hayley Winslow, Director
Sturgis Middle School, James Whitehead, Director
Frontier Middle School, Chandra Young , Director

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

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Media Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


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