Fiat Lux

From Wind Repertory Project
Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

Subtitle: Fanfare for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fiat Lux. “Let there be light.”

In 2019, I was very fortunate to be invited to the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) to serve as the clinician/composer-in-residence for a conference and honors event they were hosting. During my travels, I meet all kinds of people, and, generally speaking, I get along with them. I mean, look at me; what’s not to love? (kidding). My hosts for this event were Dr. Galen Karriker and Andrew “Andy” Freyes. An almost instantaneous friendship was kindled among kindred spirits, and the weekend was a total blast; I was genuinely pained when it was over.

Roughly a month later, Dr. Karriker contacted me and asked if I would be interested in a commission. It did, however, have two caveats: first, it should be based around the University of Akron’s motto “Fiat Lux (Let there be Light)” and it would have to be done FAST, as he wished for it to be ready in time for a premiere at an upcoming conference. I had roughly a week in which to create the work, but, as many know…I am a fast writer. Don’t believe me? Check out Four: On a Remix of Beethoven. I wrote that beast in less than 24 hours. True story. I accepted the commission and tackled the project with the energy and enthusiasm that I felt during my stay in Ohio, and Fiat Lux was born.

Fiat Lux (Fanfare for Wind Ensemble) is a work that celebrates enlightenment, friendship, and positivity. The work is scored in the keys of C Major and G Major, which add to the overall brightness of its sound (you may or may not be aware that every key has a very particular character, but I digress). The compound meter and percussion scoring lend it a slightly cinematic quality that is true to my aesthetic as a composer and to the intent of the work. It is intended that the listener and performer experience exuberant joy and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

This commission was also made possible through the generosity and support of the Mary Ann and Marcus L. Neiman Fund. Thank you for supporting the arts and, specifically, the creation of new works for the wind ensemble.

I hope you enjoy the work.

Let there be light.

Peace, Love, and Music.

- Program Note by composer

This exciting fanfare combines compound meter, dazzling woodwind runs, heroic brass, and significant percussion parts to create a truly striking concert opener. Intricate rhythms and soaring melodies add to the overall effect as the composer walks the line between cinematic and symphonic modes.

- Program Note by publisher

Commissioned by the University of Akron, Ohio, Galen Karriker, Conductor. Made possible through the generosity and support of the Mary Ann and Marcus L. Neiman Fund.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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