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Spiraling Light (2016)

Medium: Percussion Ensemble (8) 
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (Summer 2016 release)
Composed: April 2016
Duration: 5:00-5:50
Difficulty: Grade 4

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Percussion 1 (Bells, Xylophone)
Percussion 2 (Vibraphone)
Percussion 3 (4-octave Marimba)*
Percussion 4 (4.3-octave Marimba)*
Percussion 5 (4 Timpani, Wind Chimes)
Percussion 6 (Triangle, Snare Drum, 4 Concert Toms)
Percussion 7 (Kick Bass Drum laid flat or Multi-Bass Drum, Concert Bass Drum)
Percussion 8 (Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal, Hi-Hat)

Spiraling Light was inspired by an event that took place in Norway in December of 2009, when a blue mysterious beam of light with a grayish spiral emanating from it appeared in the night sky. Initial speculations suggested it was a fireball meteor, a rare never-before-seen Northern Lights variant, or even a wormhole opening up. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much less exciting than any of those things – a failed Russian missile test.