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Foolish Fire

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Greg Simon

Greg Simon

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Greg Simon
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shaker, Small
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangles
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes, Metal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Foolish Fire was written for the Loveland High School Wind Ensemble, Matthew Arau, conductor. It received its premiere February 9, 2010 at the University of Colorado, Jason Missal, conductor. This composition is the winner of the Cal State Bakersfield Guest Composer Competition, the George Lynn Prize for Wind Ensemble Composition, and was the featured Composition at the Symposium 36 for New Band Music.

- Program Note from publisher

Across the United States, Canada and Europe can be found naturally-occurring light phenomena known as "ghost lights," "will-o-the-wisp," orignis fatuus (which translates to "foolish fire"). Occurring mainly at night, these lights can flicker, dance, or stay stagnant. Some of these lights -- like the ones in Marfa, Texas, and Paulding, Michigan -- have developed devoted followings of occultists and paranoramal enthusiasts, who come from all over the world to see the lights for themselves. No definitive reason has ever been offered for the "ghost light" phenomena. The explanations have ranged from ignited swamp gas, to mischievous dead spirits, to car headlights and overly-enthusiastic viewers. Regardless of their origin, the lights appear to be innocous, posing no threat to their observers or surroundings; yet we continue to search for a logical explanation, and to view them with an unmitigated curiosity (and perhaps fear). So the question becomes: are we really fascinated by the Foolish Fire, or by our own inability to understand and explain it?

- Program Note from score


  • Cal State Bakersfield Guest Composer Competition
  • George Lynn Prize for Wind Ensemble Composition


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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