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Richard Danielpour

Publisher: AMP

First Light (1988),
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
13 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
2.2(ca).2.2/2[+2].2.2.0/timp.2perc/amp pf.hp/str
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Programme Note
Richard Danielpour First Light (1988),
Composer Note:

First Light is a one-movement concerto in four sections. The work's title was inspired by the last section of Robert Duncan's four-part poem, Four Pictures of the Real Universe:

And does not the spirit attend secretly
the music that is hidden away from me
chords that hold the stars in their courses
outfoldings of sound from the seed of first light?

Were it not for the orders of music hidden
we should be claimed by the preponderent void.

In the coda of the piece, a slow sustained Adagio, two Alleluias from the Roman Catholic liturgy are paraphrased. These chants are not extraneous quotes but serve both as a source for much of the material found throughout the one-movement work and as an ultimate destination of the music's journey.

— Richard Danielpour

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    Seattle Symphony and Chorale
    Gerard Schwarz
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