Falcones Luminis

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Christopher Rouse

General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ACA
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


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Program Notes

Falcones Luminis (“Falcons of Light”) - In medieval Christianity, the falcon is a general symbol of the Holy Spirit and represents a Christian convert who now has the hope of salvation. When a falcon is pictured wearing a hood, it represents hope in the light, which is Christ in spite of the surrounding night. Christopher Rouse creates a sonic depiction of the Holy Spirit spinning towards the light; by creating cacophonous rhythms and dissonance within the pitch content, the piece gradually overcomes darkness and chaos by merging into the key of C major. Falcones Luminis employs and interesting array of percussive sounds including a variety of metalophones, gamelan style button gongs, tam-tams, bull roarer, unusual metals played on the timpani, and in the final few moments a baby toy from the 1970’s called a Happy Apple, which has numerous metal chimes inside.




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Bonham - Percussion Octet
Falcones Luminis - Percussion Quartet
Der gerettete Alberich - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
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Ogoun Badagris - Percussion Quintet

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