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Black Rainbow

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Nathan Daughtrey

Nathan Daughtrey


Subtitle: For 6 Percussionists & Symphonic Band


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts - $140.00   |   Score Only - $28.00


Movements

1. Red: activity, energy, passion
2. Orange: creativity, playfulness, equilibrium
3. Yellow: wisdom, clarity of thought, orderliness
4. Green: harmony, sympathy, growth, expansion
5. Blue: peace & understanding, calm, relaxation
6. Indigo: infinity, bridge between the finite & the infinite
7. Violet: combination of red and blue energies; viewed as both an ending and a beginning


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • China Cymbals
  • Conga
  • Crotales
  • Egg Shaker
  • Marimba
  • Ocean Drum
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimesx
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by the Coventry High School Band, Ned F. Smith, Director.

- Program Note from score


Commissioned by the Coventry High School band (Ned F. Smith, director), Black Rainbow explores the elusive and mystical moonbow – a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon. Because it is dark when a moonbow appears, the human eye cannot detect the full spectrum of colors that are present, making the moonbow appear to lack color, thus the name black rainbow. Using the spectrum of seven colors found in all rainbows – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet or R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. – I derived a pitch set that is used as the thematic material throughout: B-flat, G, F, C-flat, G-flat, D-flat, D-natural.

Additionally, Black Rainbow divides into seven sections, traveling through the colors, each with its own unique energy.

Red: activity, energy, passion
Orange: creativity, playfulness, equilibrium
Yellow: wisdom, clarity of thought, orderliness
Green: harmony, sympathy, growth, expansion
Blue: peace & understanding, calm, relaxation
Indigo: infinity, bridge between the finite & the infinite
Violet: combination of red and blue energies; viewed as both an ending and a beginning

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


References

  • Daughtrey, N. (2014). Black Rainbow: For 6 Percussionists and Symphonic Band [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Payne, Phillip D. "Gate City Snapshot." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 155-163. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.