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Transient Luminous Events

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Jennifer Rose

Jennifer E. Rose

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Composerose Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.0  |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute/Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet/B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet/B-flat Trumpet/B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Trombone/Baritone/Bassoon/Cello

Part 5

  • Trombone/Baritone/Bassoon/Cello
  • Baritone Saxophone/Tuba/Bass

Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Concert Toms (3)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sometimes called upper atmospheric lightning or ionospheric lightning, transient luminous events (TLEs) are short-lived electrical-breakdown phenomena/electrically induced forms of luminous plasma, that occur well above the altitudes of normal lightning and Cumulonimbus clouds. Different types of TLEs include Sprites, Halos, Blue Jets, Gigantic Jets, and ELVES.

In the 1920s, the Scottish physicist C.T.R. Wilson predicted that electrical breakdown should occur in the atmosphere high above large thunderstorms. In ensuing decades, high-altitude electrical discharges were reported by aircraft pilots, but there was not visual evidence of these events until scientists at the University of Minnesota were able to photograph a sprite on July 6, 1989.

- Program Note from score

Performance Notes

This flex arrangement will work with as few as 11 players (five winds and/or strings and six percussionists). However with that few winds/strings, I recommend amplifying the winds/strings as the percussionists will easily overpower them.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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