Vagabond of Light

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Blake Tyson

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Tyson
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Glockenspiel
Player II: Vibraphone
Player III: Marimba

Program Notes

"When Julie Hill and I began talking about a new piece for the Caixa Trio, I mentioned the idea of fireflies. She told me, coincidentally, that her favorite word in Portuguese is "vagalume," which means firefly, and literally translated is, "vagabond of light." I knew right away that it was the perfect title for the piece.

The imagery of transformation in Vagabond of Light symbolizes something more. Not long ago, I suddenly faced the very real possibility of losing the one person who, since I was eighteen, I couldn't imagine my life without. There are many emotions that flood over you when a loved one faces serious illness — fear, anger, desperation, sadness, and a hundred others. But, this piece isn't about that experience. Instead, it is about coming out on the other side of it."




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

A Ceiling Full of StarsPercussion Ensemble (8 players)
A cricket sang and set the sunMarimba
Anubis – Marimba
Cloud Forest – Marimba with Percussion Quartet
Firefish – Marimba
Inside the Shining Stonemultiple Percussion
Lost Mountain Sunrise – Marimba
Moonrise – Percussion Ensemble (7 players)
Not far from here – Marimba
Ursa Conculium - Multiple Percussion; Trombone
Vagabond of Lightpercussion trio
Vertical River – duet for Marimba and vibraphone
The Wind That Turns the World – Marimba with Percussion Quartet

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