© Copyright 2018 by Jennifer Jolley 

Lichtweg/Lightway

COMMISSIONED

Georgia Tech Concert Band, Ting Chaowen, Conductor

FIRST PERFORMANCE

November 19, 2017 by the Georgia Tech Concert Band in Atlanta, GA. Chaowen Ting, conductor.

 

ENSEMBLE

Flute 1 & 2, Oboe 1 & 2 B-flat Clarinet 1, 2, & 3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon 1 & 2, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet 1, 2, & 3, 4 Horns in F Trombone 1 & 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion*

*Marimba, Vibraphone, Snare Drum, Tubular Bells, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum

DURATION

6 minutes

PROGRAM NOTE​

Lichtweg/Lightway is a wind ensemble pieced based on the Keith Sonnier’s light installation in Connecting Level 03 in Terminal 1 at the Munich Airport. Bright fluorescent neon lights line the walls of a typical airport walkway to both guide travelers to where they are going and to help them cope with the stress of being in transit. In this piece I musically portray the rhythmic placement of red and blue light emanating from this neon installation by creating a constant eighth-note ostinato that is heard throughout the piece. Just as the panes of glass, mirrors, and aluminum sheets refract and scatter the colorful neon light, this ostinato is diffused amongst the different colors in the ensemble.