Medium: Percussion Ensemble (10-12)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (available Summer 2018)
Difficulty: Grade 3
Bells, Xylophone (shared)
Vibraphone, Marimba (shared)
Marimba 1 (4-octave), Vibraphone (shared)
Marimba 2 (4.3-octave), Vibraphone (shared)
Timpani (4 drums)
Percussion 1: Snare Drum, Triangle, Crash Cymbal
Percussion 2: 4 Concert Toms, Wind Chimes, Crash Cymbal
Percussion 3: Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbal
Percussion 4: Concert Bass Drum, Tam-Tam
Percussion 5 (optional): Tambourine, Shaker
Percussion 6 (optional): Woodblock, Cowbell
The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) – the ethereal display of colored lights shimmering across the night sky – are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere. Luminescence is my musical interpretation of this beautiful natural phenomenon.
Commissioned by the Monroe Township Middle School Percussion Ensemble, Yale Snyder, Director and Zachary Morolda, District Supervisor of the Department for the Applied Arts and Career Technology; Monroe Township School District; Monroe Township, NJ.