Lux Contrapunctum by Brett Abigaña

June 16, 2016  |   Posted In



By Brett Abigaña

Lux Contrapunctum was commissioned by World Projects for the Cathedral City Symphony Band. The piece attempts to depict the sound of starlight, as if the listener was riding that light through time and space towards a distant cathedral. Inside the cathedral, a Baroque organ can faintly be heard playingContrapunctus V from Bach's Art of the Fugue. The starlight gradually carries the listener closer, until finally, with a bowed cymbal, it streams through the rose window, combining with the Bach into its fully developed form. The solos heard in the latter half of the piece literally spell the names of the individual musicians who played them at the premiere, and the first large arrival of the piece is with a dotted rhythm that spells “Cathedral City” over B-A-C-H in the baseline, finally uniting the two entities. Overall, the piece moves from the general to the specific, culminating on a single, intense pitch.

Duration: 5 minutes
Grade Level: 4

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Weight 0.1 lbs
Dimensions .004 × 11 × 17 in

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