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Aurora Borealis (Love)

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Joel Love

Joel Love

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

About Aurora Borealis, Joel Love writes:

Aurora Borealis was inspired by the natural phenomenon that occurs in the northern latitudes. In short, auroral events are caused by the collision of charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. Last year I spent most of my summer playing piano in a rock band aboard a cruise ship that traveled from Seattle, Wash. to Anchorage, Alaska, and back several times. During a geomagnetic event late one night, I was fortunate enough to see the aurora in the distance while sailing from Juneau to Hoonah, Alaska.

The piece has three main figures: an ascending/descending tetra-chord, a repeated eighth-note motive, and a melody (first heard in the clarinet).

- Program Note from University of Texas Symphony Band concert program, 27 February 2019

For Gary Wills.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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