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Through the Brightening Air

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David Liptak

David Liptak

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 10:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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

  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Tam-Tam, medium and large
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Through the Brightening Air is written in memory of the composer Steven Stucky. Steven and I became friends in middle age, when both of us were living in upstate New York, with his long service at Cornell University and mine at the Eastman School of Music. Perhaps because we were not young then, I think about Steven as I read poetry by Yeats, and particularly his poem The Song of Wandering Aengus, from 1899. In the poem, Aengus has caught a little silver trout, but, as he was lighting a fire,

It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

The poem’s final stanza is reprinted in the score.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

Through the Brightening Air is composed for the Eastman Wind Ensemble and conductor Mark Scatterday.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) – 1 December 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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