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Swirling in the Light Bulbs

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Peter Sciaino

Peter Sciaino

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Shakers
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Infectiously rhythmic and energizing, this is a refreshing addition to any concert program. Conjure up images of electrical current through swirling melodic lines and irresistible rhythmic grooves as you explore the wonder of harnessed energy. Generating a relentless pulse, it builds exhilarating momentum before the band powers off in a whimsically abrupt ending.

- Program Note from publisher

Energy is around us in so many forms. Of these, it's the harnessed energy used every day we take for granted. Swirling in the Light Bulbs is inspired by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins's take on this often-overlooked modern wonder. In his poem August, Collins writes, "and time to offer some thanks to the electricity swirling in the light bulbs."

This composition is meant to echo Collins's appreciation of this now common miracle, while grappling with the idea of harnessed energy in a sonic format.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - 30 January 2020
  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Aaron M. Draime, conductor) - 26 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)

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