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Then I Saw the Lucent Sky

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Todd Stalter

Todd Stalter


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Gong
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This work was inspired by the music of Hildegard von Bingen, a medieval Benedictine nun whose chant melodies are remarkable for their soaring passages and simple beauty, and whose theological and visionary writing were unique for her time. The title comes from one of her writings:

Then I saw the lucent sky, in which I heard different kinds of music, marvelously embodying all the meaning I had heard before.

By basing the work on a short quotation from one of her chant, the composer has attempted to create an ethereal effect that tries to express the grandeur of what she might have seen in her vision.

The commission for this piece was funded by the Normal Community High School Bands, the Harmon Arts Grant Foundation of the town of Normal, Illinois, and by the David A. Gilbert Memorial Fund.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

  • Florida: I
  • Georgia: I
  • South Carolina: I


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