No Brief Candle

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $140.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
  • Bassoon I-II
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • 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
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani (5 drums)
  • Percussion (7 players), including:
*Bass Drum
*Crash Cymbal
*Snare Drum
*Temple Blocks
*Tubular Bells
  • SATB Chorus
  • Soprano Solo


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

John Locke and I have been friends since he first arrived in North Carolina in the early 1980s. In our over 35-year friendship we have worked, laughed and cried together. So imagine my delight when Kevin Geraldi asked me on behalf of John's former conducting students to write a work honoring John’s career at UNCG [University of North Carolina Greensboro]. Earlier in 2019, I had come up with a little motive and developed it, not knowing what piece it would become. Following the commission request, I quickly realized that my motive, having a "Hindemithian" quality to it, would work perfectly in this piece. I recalled when John had his mentor, Harry Begian, to UNCG to conduct the Hindemith Symphony in B-flat. John was both proud and terrified! Kevin Geraldi also shared a George Bernard Shaw quote which John had framed on his office wall. Since John had told me that his favorite work of mine was Four Maryland Songs, I decided to include a setting of the Shaw quote for soprano voice.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.

- Program Note by composer


Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown

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