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dancing lights

for orchestra

Year:  2016   ·  Duration:  5m
Instrumentation:  3*33*3; 4231; timp., 3 perc.; hp; strings | (Perc: mark tree, tri., field dr., bell tree, glock., tam-tam, susp. cymbal, crots., tub. bells, bass dr)

Year:  2016
Duration:  5m
Instrumentation  3*33*3; 4231; timp., 3 perc...

Josiah Carr

Composer:   Josiah Carr

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 3, 6 and 17 of score

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dancing lights is a pair of two short movements, each inspired by different ideas or phenomenon. The first movement takes its inspiration from the aurora commonly known as the northern (and southern) lights. I was particularly fascinated in the way that this phenomenon often bursts into being from nothing, illuminating the sky with its bright colours and movement; full of colour and energy, but at the same time, unpredictable and irregular.

The second movement takes its inspiration from fireworks, a completely different type of light, experienced only several times a year. However, rather than taking inspiration from actual fireworks, I conceived this movement imagining the origin of the day we know as Guy Fawkes day with the Gunpowder plot in 1604. It begins with a slow and dark march which is slowly twisted, depicting the fate of Guy, with a surprising fiery finish to the movement.

Commissioned note

Written for APO Summer School Orchestra