Monument to Color and Light

for Orchestra

Eric Ewazen

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Monument to Color and Light was commissioned by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, with funding provided by Ms. Karen Combs, to commemorate the Centennial Celebration of the Colorado National Monument. The world premiere of this piece included a symphonic photochoreography presentation by James Westwater.

Monument to Color and Light is gratefully dedicated to the Grand Junction Symphony and Kirk Gustafson. Having become great friends during my previous trip to Grand Junction as a guest composer of Mesa State University, I was delighted when Kirk approached me about writing a piece for the symphony, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Colorado National Monument. In addition to enjoying my work with the wonderful musicians in Grand Junction, I also became enamored with the sheer grandeur and beauty of the dramatic scenery in this part of the country.

With my dear friends, Stephen Boelter and Karen Combs, I had the opportunity to visit the Colorado National Monument ? a truly awesome experience. To celebrate this 100th anniversary, I wanted to capture the feelings I had experiencing the scenic splendor with music that was both colorful, joyful and majestic. I had the impression of a kaleidoscope of images: rugged cliffs and canyons, beautiful, ever-changing colors, delicate wildflowers, vistas that suddenly open up, and surprises at every turn during the drive through the Monument. The music reflects this variety of colors and sensations. Opening with serene harmonies and melodies which reflect the sheer beauty of the place, there are also resonant, majestic chords representing the vast panorama. And as the colors change, and the vistas and dramatic gorges and rock formations appear, often quickly and suddenly in a grand parade, the music has a sense of excitement and energy, with sometimes playful gestures, sometimes fanfarish themes in a big and bold setting.

My sincere thanks to Kirk and the symphony and the photographer, as we all join together to celebrate the Colorado National Monuments Anniversary in a visual and musical celebratory tribute.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, with funding provided by Ms. Karen Combs
Composition Date 2011
Duration 00:08:00
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Vibr. Mar. Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere September, 2011. Grand Junction Symphony, conducted by Kirk Gustafson; James Westwater, photochoreography. Grand Junction High School Auditorium, CO.