Brass Ensemble - Level 5 - Digital Download
Composed by RLW Myers. Contemporary. Score and parts. 31 pages. Richard Myers #5191165. Published by Richard Myers (A0.1031250).
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I need to give a big thanks to Dr. Greg Danner and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble for the help and guidance they gave to me while working on this piece! Also thank you to anyone I tortured with the many edits and editions before this was finalized.
This piece is inspired by the following stanza from Paradise Lost:
"Whence and what art thou, execrable shape,
That dar'st, though grim and terrible, advance
Thy miscreated front athwart my way
To yonder gates? Through them I mean to pass,
That be assured, without leave asked of thee.
Retire; or taste thy folly, and learn by proof,
Hell-born, not to contend with spirits of Heaven."
Here we see Lucifer, even after he has fallen so far, his wings bound by adamantine chains, still view himself with pride for being filled with the light of Heaven. He challenges Death, thinking himself superior to the foul (and more powerful) being. This piece explores the arrogance and emotions that I associate with the work as a whole, but particularly in Lucifer’s ego.
The MP3 given here is just the render off of staffpad. Enjoy!
PS: Thanks to Charlie Hickerson for having me read Paradise Lost in my senior English class.
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