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First Light

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

First Light is Mr. Ticheli’s 40th work for concert band but his first at the Grade I level — an artistic process he found both challenging and stimulating. First Light depicts an early-morning adventure on a river raft. After a brief, light-hearted opening, the music glides into a calm section suggesting a gentle river journey at dawn. A rustic, dance-like section follows: the sun rises high, the river awakens, the currents pick up — white water! After a vigorous climax, the music returns to its carefree origins. The river is once again calm as the journey draws to a close.

-Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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