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Through Darkness Light Shall Break

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Alex C. Ehredt

Alex C. Ehredt

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alex Ehredt Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $45.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, medium
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As is the case with many of my pieces, the title didn’t come to me until the piece was almost complete. Throughout the entire time I was composing the piece I knew what kind of emotions I wanted to convey, but I just couldn’t figure out how to put my thoughts into words for a title. The title finally came to me as I was driving to school one day and saw a mom and her son sitting on a bench waiting for the bus, and as she handed him a doughnut his face lit up with joy. Just a few hundred feet down the road a father zipped up his young daughter’s backpack while she cheerfully awaited the school bus holding what looked to be a birthday balloon. I felt as if I was in one of those slow-motion movie scenes that happens at the end when everything is finally right again. I don’t know what it was about that day that made me take notice of these events, but it got me thinking about the fact that even with all of the horrible events that happen in the world and that we see on the news, there is still an immense amount of good that often goes unnoticed in the world around us.

This piece is meant to celebrate all of the positive things in our lives, and to remind us that it is those moments that we should define ourselves by and not the negative ones.

While not specifically stated in the formal program note, this piece is a response to the Las Vegas shooting that occurred on October 1st, 2017. This piece is about how in the days following the shooting I began to notice inherently good things that occurred around me. This piece was not intended to be a memorial piece but rather a piece that provides hope to the world, so that one day light may break through the darkness.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Alex Ehredt Music Accessed 17 June 2020
  • Adam Ehredt, personal correspondence, June 2020