Young bands are in for a treat when they play this lovely Grade 2 ballad by David Gillingham. Lush harmonies and suspensions, memorable
melodies and a glorious, heart-wrenching climax – all wrapped up in a
3-1/2 minute piece!
Duration ca. 3:30
Purchase score only
B-flat Clarinet 1
B-flat Clarinet 2
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet 1
B-flat Trumpet 2
Timpani (3 drums)
Percussion 1 (Bells)
Percussion 2 (Vibraphone, Bass Drum)
Percussion 3 (Chimes, Suspended Cymbal)
There are several spiritual meanings attached to the word Light found throughout history and literature. Lights conveys both an absence of darkness and a quality that will help us to see (and understand) more clearly. Light can also communicate levity or joy. The presence of the Light brings a softness and sweetness with it. Can the Sacred Light be seen? No, you simply sense it.
Beneath the Sacred Light seeks to musically express the feeling of surrendering to this Light to restore a sense of trust and well-being that things are working out just fine. You are not alone.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
David Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the PhD in Music Theory/Composition from Michigan State University. Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire. His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the 21st century. His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Dr. Gillingham's works have been recorded by Klavier, Sony and Summit and Centaur. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida (Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham. Over sixty of his works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Music for Percussion, Carl Fischer, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn.
Dr. Gillingham is a Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991 a Research Professorship (1995), and the recently, the President?s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University. He is a member of ASCAP and has been receiving the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music since 1996.