Concert band - Grade 3
Composed by David Shaffer. Concert Band Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR389). Score and parts. Composed 2016. Duration 4 minutes, 22 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.012-4451-00).
Reflections From the Wall commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and is inspired by the men and women who served our country during this conflict. The basis of the music is an emotional representation of the composer's visit to the Vietnam War Memorial and to the power of this spectacular monument. Opening with a simple depiction of a cloud-covered morning which broadens into a dramatic and powerful "reflection from the wall" as the sun breaks through the clouds. Emotion, reflection and a sincere thanks to those who served are the driving musical elements of this powerful piece. This composition will be received warmly and gratefully by all audiences.