Stained with Light

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Perrine

Aaron Perrine

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Longitude 91 Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


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
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-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chandelier Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Metal Pipe
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I recently found myself rereading Mary Oliver’s Of Power and Time. In this thoughtful essay, Oliver speaks about the creative process needing solitude and uninterrupted time, free of distraction. She also discusses herself consisting of three separate selves. The first is the child of the past. While not always at the forefront, this playful and optimistic self is still present in every decision. And then there is the ordinary, attentive self. This self is concerned with the structure and tasks of the day. If not careful, it is this self that most often takes the lead. Lastly, there is the creative self. This self is not concerned with the mundane tasks of the day, and it is certainly not constrained by the clock nor calendar.

It is the creative self, Oliver argues, that guides an artist. Artists, she explains, “are not trying to help the world go around, but forward.” Oliver also equates art to eternity multiple times throughout the essay. She argues that the artist “who does not crave that roofless place eternity should stay at home.” Near the essay’s conclusion, she states what is perhaps my favorite line: “I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame.” No shame in ignoring the ordinary and instead focusing on the actual work of moving the world ahead with art. Stained With Light pays tribute to the power, beauty, and elusiveness of the creative process.

- Program Note by composer

It is six A.M., and I am working. I am absentminded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt.
- Mary Oliver, Of Power and Time


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