Angels in the Architecture
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown | Score Only - Unknown
Oboe I-II (doubling English Horn)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Soprano (Or Boy Soprano)
Celesta (If unavailable, play on piano an octave higher than notated)
Timpani (also plays Bell Tree)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crystal Wine Glasses (4 tuned to C, E-flat, F, and G)
- Cymbal (2 Chinese, crash, 1 medium and 1 large suspended)
- Pedal Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
- Temple Blocks (4)
- Tom Toms (3)
- Triangle (medium and large)
- Tubular Bells (Chimes)
- Vibraphone (motor off)
- Whirly (3 tuned to B-flat, C, and E-flat)
Angels in the Architecture was commissioned by Kingsway International, and received its premiere performance at the Sydney Opera House on July 6, 2008 by a massed band of young musicians from Australia and the United States, conducted by Mathew George. The work unfolds as a dramatic conflict between the two extremes of human existence-one divine, the other evil. The works title is inspired by the Sydney Opera House itself, with its halo-shaped acoustical ornaments hanging directly above the performance stage.
Angels in the Architecture begins with a single voice singing a 19th-century Shaker song:
I am an angel of Light
I have soared from above
I am cloth'd with Mother's love.
I have come, I have come.
To protect my chosen band
And lead them to the promised land.
This "angel" - represented by the singer - frames the work, surrounding it with a protective wall of light and estalishing the divine. Other representations of light, played by instruments rather than sung, include a traditional Hebrew song of peace ("Hevenu Shalom Aleichem") and the well-known 16th-century Genevan Psalter, "Old Hundredth." These three borrowed songs, despite their varied religious origins, are meant to transcend any one religion, representing the more universal human ideals of peace, hope, and love. An original chorale, appearing twice in the work, represents my own personal expression of these aspirations.
Just as Charles Ives did more than a century ago, Angels in the Architecture poses the unanswered question of existence. It ends as it began: the angel reappears sings the same comforting words. But deep below, a final shadow reappears-distantly, ominously.
None discovered thus far.
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles P. Conrad, conductor) - 26 February 2011
- Florida International University Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 27 February 2010
- Fredericksburg High School Wind Ensemble (John Rauschuber, conductor) - 12 April 2012
- Knightwind Ensemble [Milwaukee, Wisc.] (Erik Janners, conductor) - 18 November 2012
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Amazing Grace
- An American Elegy
- Angels in the Architecture
- Blue Shades
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part One
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part Two
- Earth Song for Band (2012)
- Gaian Visions
- Joy Revisited
- Loch Lomond
- Music for Winds and Percussion (withdrawn)
- Pacific Fanfare
- Portrait of a Clown
- Rest (2011)
- San Antonio Dances (2010)
- Shaker Gift Song, A
- Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs
- Sun Dance
- Symphony No. 1 (tr. Green)
- Symphony No. 2
- Wild Nights!
Whirlies: Instructions on whirly construction are in the score, however, these can also be purchased at: http://www.harmonicwhirlies.com