Darkest Before the Dawn - for Wind Ensemble (2018)
Duration: 5 minutes
Darkest Before the Dawn embodies the concept that things always seem their worst right before they improve. The classic battle of light over dark can be found in many instances throughout life, whether big or small. This piece recounts this struggle by beginning with a theme statement amongst a sea of darkness and is answered by out of place Db Major chords, which represent the lurking darkness. This theme battles to remove itself from this environment throughout the piece. Every time the dissonance returns it is followed by an even more triumphant light section, freeing itself once again. In the end the darkness is finally defeated with a relieving climactic moment. The darkness attempts to peek its head one last time as the music dies down but is eventually resolved by light. Perseverance and determination through times of struggle when all hope seems lost never go unanswered in the end.
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