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Black Rainbow

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Genre: 6 Solo Percussion with Band
# of Players: Standard + 6
Level: 4 ensemble / 5 solo | Duration: 8:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2014

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Black Rainbow is a work for 6 solo percussionists and symphonic band that explores the elusive and mystical moonbow – a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon. The work divides into seven sections, traveling through the colors, each with its own unique energy.

    Genre: 6 Solo Percussion with Band | # of Players: Standard + 6
    Level: 4 ensemble / 5 solo | Duration: 8:30

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe (optional)
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone
    Bassoon 1 & 2

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1/2
    F Horn 3/4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Trombone 3
    Euphonium
    (Baritone T.C.)
    Tuba

    Double Bass

    Percussion 1: 4 Timpani, Sizzle Cymbal, Egg Shaker(s), Triangle
    Percussion 2: Bells, Crotales (2 octaves), Xylophone, Shared 4.3-octave Marimba
    Percussion 3: Shared Vibraphone, Shared 4.3-octave Marimba, Suspended Cymbal
    Percussion 4: Shared 4.3-octave Marimba, China Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Shared Vibraphone
    Percussion 5: 4 Concert Toms, Bongos, China Cymbal, Wind Chimes, Ocean Drum
    Percussion 6: Concert Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal, 2 Congas
    Piano (optional amplification if needed)

    Program Notes
    Commissioned by the Coventry High School band (Ned F. Smith, director), Black Rainbow explores the elusive and mystical moonbow – a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon. Because it is dark when a moonbow appears, the human eye cannot detect the full spectrum of colors that are present, making the moonbow appear to lack color, thus the name black rainbow. Using the spectrum of 7 colors found in all rainbows – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet or R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. – I derived a pitch set that is used as the thematic material throughout: B-flat, G, F, C-flat, G-flat, D-flat, D-natural.

    Additionally, Black Rainbow divides into seven sections, traveling through the colors, each with its own unique energy.
    Red: activity, energy, passion
    Orange: creativity, playfulness, equilibrium
    Yellow: wisdom, clarity of thought, orderliness
    Green: harmony, sympathy, growth, expansion
    Blue: peace & understanding, calm, relaxation
    Indigo: infinity, bridge between the finite & the infinite
    Violet: combination of red and blue energies; viewed as both an ending and a beginning

    A piano reduction of Black Rainbow is also available from C. Alan Publications (Item #21082).

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      Black Rainbow - Nathan Daughtrey Performed by the Sydney University Wind Orchestra
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