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Life Painting began with a walk through Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, on a pleasant April morning. After a long winter in Minnesota, the many blooming trees and flowers were quite welcome. I soon noticed a variety of people, both young and old, stationed around a pond. As I got closer, I realized they were all painting. The idea of so many people interested in creating art was inspiring. In turn, I was reminded of the sheer joy composing music brings to me. Life Painting was written to help encourage others to never stop adding beauty to this world.
The snare drum, suspended cymbal and tam-tam play a prominent role throughout the work. Because of this, they should be placed at or near the front of the ensemble. Wire brushes should be used for all three, and a heavier brush with the tam-tam is preferred. Depending on a variety of variables, dynamics in these parts may need to be slightly adjusted to achieve a proper balance in relation to the rest of the ensemble. The timbre of the brushes should always be present.
A minimum of one per part plus piano and percussion is ideal for performance. However, feel free to experiment with the instrumentation as needed.
December 19, 2019, at The Midwest Clinic, Chicago, Illinois (original instrumentation)
Wando High School Symphonic Band; Bobby Lambert, conductor