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Only Light

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Perrine

Aaron Perrine

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 7:40
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

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • California State University Fresno Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) – 3 October 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
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Jack Hontz, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Tyler Farrell, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Winter Park (Fla.) High School Wind Symphony (Christopher Blackmer, conductor) – 22 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southern Conference, Tampa, Fla.)
  • Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Symphonic Band (Brian Britt, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors High School Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 14 January 2018
  • Syracuse University (NY) Wind Ensemble (Tim Diem, conductor) - 10 October 2017
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 2 October 2017
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Concert Band (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Symphonic Band (Steven Smyth, conductor) – 19 April 2017
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 17 March 2017 
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Kevin Geraldi, conductor) – 17 February 2017
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 24 January 2017
  • University of Iowa Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel) - 28 February 2014 (North Central CBDNA Conference, Muncie, Ind.) - *Premiere Performance*

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