Epiphany and Meditation

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Nancy Galbraith

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Subtitle: For Organ and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 11:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Subito Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Solo Organ
C Piccolo (doubling Flute II)
Flute I-VI
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The opening section of Epiphany and Meditation begins with a large and dense tutti ensemble with full organ alternating with lighter percussion textures that underlie rhythmic brass. The section concludes with an epiphany or revelation, realized through rich polytonal tutti chords. These chords dissolve into a meditation, introduced by a repeating figure in 5/8 occurring in the piano. Mysterious textures and melodies weave throughout, notably an alto flute solo answered by a solo in the organ. A transition back to reflections of the opening is introduced with a rhythmic ostinato in the high piano doubled with the organ.

- Program Note by composer

Epiphany and Meditation is not a concerto per se, as the organ and ensemble are much more fully integrated than a traditional concerto. That said, the outer sections do abound with delightfully virtuosic passages from the organ. The opening "epiphany" is, as one might expect, a full-bodied elation of rich, exciting sound from a mostly tutti wind orchestra, beautifully in sync with the full range of pipes from the organ. The extended "meditation" at the heart of the work lies between two pillars in a timeless aural landscape full of fascination, mystery and wonder. All the colors of the ensemble delight the senses as they serenely intertwine in an introspective, peaceful fabric. The concluding material is as elating and satisfying as the opening, but with an expanded view to a new horizon.

- Program Note by Martha Tablewight


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (George Vosburgh, conductor; Edward Alan Moore, organ) – 1 April 2023 *Premiere Performance*

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