for brass quartet (2 trumpets, F horn, tuba) and organ
commissioned by the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
for their 2012 – 2013 Opening Ceremony
One of the more striking things I noticed about Arizona was the drastic difference in tradition that emerges in the winter months. Sure, there are a number of people putting Christmas lights around their cactus or palm tree, but the more authentic decoration is that of the luminaria. At its simplest, the luminaria is a paper lunch bag with a candle in it weighted down by sand or gravel and, while one is not terribly impressive, a collection of them on the right type of architecture is stunning.
When CAzAGO asked for a piece for their opening ceremony, taking place near the beginning of winter, it seems appropriate to link the music to the southwest and try my hand at an aural representation of a luminaria presentation. There really is not much to it, but my hope is to have demonstrated the simplicity of the solitary candle in contrast to the magnificence of a full display.