Khvarenah: The City of Light is Alga Mau’s second wind orchestra piece. Written in 2015 for a competition held by the Abingdon Concert Band in Oxfordshire, UK, it tries to capture the spirit of ‘Khvarenah’, an Avestan word for the Zoroastrian concept of ‘royal glory’ and ‘splendour’. It opens with a quiet, steady layering of woodwind and brass, depicting an ancient desert city in the vast lands as the sun emerges from the horizon. We are then taken through the bazaars of the city as the markets are filled with joyful shouting and music and dance before entering the central courtyards, the royal army saluting their newly crowned king, heralding in a new era of glory.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 3 | Duration: 5:35