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Only Light, Only Love

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Leslie Gilreath

Leslie Gilreath

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangles (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Only Light, Only Love is based on a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate.
Only love can do that.

This piece is an affirmation of an undying belief in light and love and the overwhelming need for both in our world today. It highlights beauty in the midst of struggle, with the realization that love is ultimately the key to a sense of overcoming in the face of darkness and hatred.

Only Light, Only Love was commissioned by James Barnes and the Blythewood High School Wind Symphony, and dedicated to Alfred Watkins.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Shawn Smith, conductor) - 25 November 2019
  • Cincinnati (Ohio) Youth Wind Ensemble – 29 April 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 29 March 2019
  • Cobb Wind Ensemble (Marietta, Ga.) (Alfred L. Watkins, conductor) - 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Gilreath, L. (2018). Only Light, Only Love [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Perusal score