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After the Darkness

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William Owens

William Owens

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General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


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Program Notes

After the Darkness was thoughtfully written to honor and lift up the ten beautiful lives that were taken by a senseless act of violence in the early morning of May 18, 2018. on the high school campus at Santa Fe, Texas. Through the music of this composition, I wish to offer a glimmer of hope for the families forever changed, hence the title. While the work honors the memories of the lost, it is also a plea for reassurance and guidance through the darkest time imaginable. Loosely based on the hymn Precious Lord, Take My Hand, the piece begins with much mystery and tonal dissonance, as we still ponder this awful occurrence. Sudden “bursts” of percussion serve as “surges” of anger and disbelief. After this introduction of discord and confusion, the music morphs into a haunting, mournful song, as to illustrate our deep state of grief. The Santa Fe High School Band and community of Santa Fe request that before performing the piece, a moment of silence be observed to honor those lost.

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