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Only Light

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Aaron Perrine

Aaron Perrine

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Longitude 91 Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $185.00   |   Score Only (print) - $45.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Carriage Bolt Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Crystal Glasses
  • Glockenspiel
  • Key Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The melodic material for Only Light originally came from Beneath a Canvas of Green, a recently composed large-scale work of mine written for wind ensemble. At the time, I was not quite comfortable with how this music fit within the larger work (it passed by much too quickly), and I knew it was something I would eventually like to revisit.

In the fall of 2012, one of my best friend’s mother lost her battle with cancer. A year later, while thinking of ideas for what was eventually to be Only Light, I found myself thinking of him and his family quite often. At about this same time, I was on social media late one night -- procrastinating rather than composing -- and discovered a post written by another friend, written in reference to his wife. Here is an excerpt:

A timeline. Oh, the dark places I've dwelt this morning. The "hows," "what ifs," and "whys" pouring over me. But, I digress. There is no timeline at this time. There is only, "we aren't done with you yet." There is, "we've got more things to try." There is, in a word, hope. I need me some of that. Toni has pointed out that there are times that I can find the dark cloud behind any silver lining. (Had you only known me before I met you, young lady. Now that Tim could really find darkness where there was only light.) The medical team is set to battle on.

In an instant, I was reminded of how delicate life is and how things can change at a moment’s notice. Reflecting upon these events inspired me to expand upon and ultimately finish this previously composed music. Only Light is meant to convey a sense of hope and healing.

- Program Note by composer


  • Sousa/Ostwald Award from the American Bandmasters Association, winner, 2015


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Miami (Ohio) University Wind Ensemble (Gary Speck, conductor) – 8 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • Texas All-State Concert Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 12 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphonic Band (Scott Walker, conductor) - 30 November 2021
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Jeremy Sison, conductor) - 3 October 2021
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (John Leonard, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • University of Texas (Austin) Tower Concert Band (Joshua Gall, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Amy M. Knopps, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan Smith, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Hoover (Ala.) High School Symphonic Winds (Ryan Fitzpatrick, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • McLennan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) 10 October 2019
  • California State University Fresno Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • NorthWinds Symphonic Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (John Bell, conductor) - 5 May 2019
  • Ashbrook High School (Gastonia, N.C.) Wind Ensemble – 3 May 2019
  • Hoke County High School (Raeford, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (DeVon Pickett, conductor) – 29 April 2019
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 12 February 2019
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Bob Belser, conductor)– 8 November 2018
  • University of Connecticut (Stamford) Wind Ensemble (Vu Nguyen, conductor) - 9 October 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 3 June 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) – 28 February 2014 (CBDNA 2014 North Central Division Conference, Muncie, Ind.) - *Premiere Performance*

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