SONG-DANCES TO THE LIGHT


Libretto:
Contributors include Laurie Lotz, Britanny Boyles, Kate Gordon, Rebecca Cain, Michael Hertz, Karen Burke, Ann Nicodemi, Adam Camp, and Naomi Berlove.

Movements:
I. Processional II. Sun Song-Dance III. Wind Song-Dance IV. Moon Song-Dance V. Star Song-Dance VI. Song-Dance of Myself

Instrumentation:
SA chorus, speaker, Orff instrumentarium: soprano recorders, alto recorders, tenor recorders, glockenspiels, soprano xylophones, alto xylophones, bass xylophones, contrabass bars (B,A), congas, full orchestra (or piano): 2 flutes (2nd doubles piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, 2 percussion: [1 - wood block, suspended cymbal, tom-toms (5), triangle, glockenspiel, temple blocks, brass wind chimes, conga], [2 - tambourine, vibraphone, snare drum, hi-hat, triangle], harp, timpani, strings

Duration: 17 minutes

Commissioned By:
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association in celebration of the Carl Orff Centenary, 1995

Premiere:
February 18, 1994 by the National Symphony Orchestra, 200-voice children's chorus, and Orff performers, Harvey Felder, conductor, at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by C.F. Peters and Goodmusic Publishing

Composer's Notes:
In 1993, I was asked to speak at the national convention of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. The subject of my talk was the nature of music in our lives, especially from the point of view of a composer. After the talk, I took the opportunity to attend some of the workshop sessions. I became very enthusiastic about the creativity of the Orff-Schulwerk method. I could see that each Orff student tapped his or her creative center first with the result of music making. The Orff students I watched seemed to feel the joy of creating music as one and the same as the joy of performing music. I wanted to honor this creative spirit as fully as I could in Song-Dances to the Light. Drawing on the writings and poetry of children who contributed to the project, I found a libretto which celebrates various kinds of light and natural elements. This poetry was full of motion and emotion. Each poem struck me with its imagery, so beautifully simple, lyrical and rhythmic.
 
— Libby Larsen
 
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