Nocturnus (2017)

Symphonic Band

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Duration - 14:00

I. Solemn
II. With Exuberance

I. The sun disappears beneath the horizon line. The skies are still vibrant in color and the sight induces awe. As the sun further descends, the moment in which the skies are colored in vibrant hues of red arrives. Continuing descent, the last bit of the beautiful autumn palette begins to fade away as hues of blue begin to reign again and darken. The nocturnal creatures, insects and animals alike, awaken reigning over the land that the morning dwellers once roamed. Time passes and the last light stands feint like a beacon in the distance, vanishing in the still of the night until all that is left is the moon casting her light on the ground. A cloud slowly masks the moon’s presence until the night is pitch black and the silence rings.

II. In the far distance along the eastern horizon, a faint light appears. As the sun emerges, the darkness begins to vanquish as hues of light blues come close and take their prominence. As the first beam of light is cast down on the earth, the morning bird awakens from its sleep and marvels in the majestic view of the sun taking dominion once again.

Full Instrumentation:
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2 Flutes
2 Oboes (2nd doubles English Horn)
2 Bassoons
Clarinet in E-flat
4 Clarinets in B-flat (4th doubles Bass Clarinet in B-flat)
Soprano Saxophone in B-flat
Alto Saxophone in E-flat
Tenor Saxophone in B-flat
Baritone Saxophone in E-flat

4 Trumpets in B-flat (1st doubles Piccolo Trumpet in B-flat)
4 Horns in F
3 Tenor Trombones
Bass Trombone
2 Euphoniums

String Bass

4 Timpani
Suspended Cymbal
Snare Drum
Wind Chimes
Bass Drum
Crash Cymbal
Sleigh Bells
Temple Blocks