Dark Refractions

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Wind Ensemble
2015
9 min.

Alto Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Bass Clarinet

Bass Drum

Clarinet

Cymbals

Euphonium

Flute

Horn

Piccolo

Pitched Percussion

Tenor Saxophone

Timpani

Trombone

Trumpet

Tuba

Unpitched Percussion

Xylophone

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Program Notes
Dark Refractions was written in 2016 for the VRM Wind Orchestra as part of a collaborative commissioning opportunity from Sound and Music and the DAR residency scheme. The piece explores the colours present in the light spectrum of a natural phenomenon called ‘black rainbows’. This phenomenon, which I have recast as ‘dark refractions’, sees the refracted light spectrum veiled through darkness, distinguishing this from more conventional rainbows. The piece is inspired by the imagery associated with the colours emerging from black rainbows, leading to each section of the piece having a distinctive colour ‘identity’. These colours are expressed through a range of harmonic, timbral, and rhythmic devices. The distinct characters of each musical section takes you on a voyage through the spectrum of a dark rainbow, with each colour being rendered musically. After each of the colours has been expressed, the piece builds towards an energetic and dramatic combination of the colours forming white light. It is not my intention for the colours to be made explicit in the piece, rather that I wished to create a clear sonic change in each identity.
Ensemble Name
VRM Wind Orchestra

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