Spiraling Light is a dark, driving percussion octet inspired by an event in Norway when a blue mysterious beam of light with a grayish spiral emanating from it appeared in the night sky. The piece features a balanced ensemble of 4 keyboard and 4 battery accessory percussion.
Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 8 Level: Medium | Duration: 5:00-5:50
*Percussion 3 & 4 may share one 4.3-octave marimba.
Program Notes 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. Spiraling Light attempts to capture this brief moment of mystery, uncertainty, and intensity.