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    • Order numbers: AM 61-010
      Hal Leonard # 4000143
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra
    • Duration: 9'25
    • Grade: 5
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Empire of Light (from The Venetian Collection)

[L’Empire des Lumières]
Johan de Meij

“Painting turns space into time, music turns time into space”
[Hugo von Hofmannstal]

EMPIRE OF LIGHT by Johan de Meij is the final movement of THE VENETIAN COLLECTION, a colourful suite in which De Meij depicts four different paintings from the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy.

EMPIRE OF LIGHT is inspired by the painting with the same name by Belgian surrealistic painter René Magritte [1898 - 1967]. Magritte is, together with James Ensor, Constant Permeke and André Delvaux one of the most important Belgian painters of the twentieth century. He was a very versatile and productive artist, creating more than eleven hundred paintings and seven hundred gouaches. Additionally, he designed posters and illustrated several scores.

EMPIRE OF LIGHT was commissioned by a consortium of nine university bands, united in the Atlantic Coast College Band Directors Association [ACCBDA].

The other movements of THE VENETIAN COLLECTION are respectively: VOICE OF SPACE [La Voix des Airs], also by René Magritte, THE RED TOWER [La Torre Rossa] by Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico and MAGIC GARDEN [Zaubergarten] by Paul Klee. All four of the paintings are on display at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Together with other outstanding museums in New-York, Bilbao and Berlin, this collection is part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, one of the largest private art collections in the world.

In November 2000 THE RED TOWER was awarded the 1st Prize at the International Composition Contest of OMAN.

1. Piccolo [+ Flute III]
4. Flutes I
4. Flutes II [+ Alto Flute in G]
2. Oboes I/II
1. English Horn (F)
2. Bassoons I/II

1. Eb Clarinet
6. Bb Clarinet I
6. Bb Clarinet II
6. Bb Clarinet III
1. Eb Alto Clarinet
1. Bb Bass Clarinet

1. Bb Soprano Sax
2. Eb Alto Sax I
2. Eb Alto Sax II
2. Bb Tenor Sax
1. Eb Baritone Sax

3. F Horn I/III
3. F Horn II/IV
2. Bb Trumpet I
2. Bb Trumpet II
2. Bb Trumpet III
2. Bb Trumpet IV

2. Trombone I (C)
2. Trombone II (C)
2. Trombone III (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium B.C. (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium T.C. (Bb)
4. Basses (C)
1. String Bass

1. Timpani
4. Percussion – Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tam tam, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, 2 Cymbals
3. Mallets – Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Tubular Bells.
1. Piano + Celesta

Additional Parts
[for European countries only]
2. Eb Horn I/III
2. Eb Horn II/IV
2. Bb Trombone I (T.C. & B.C.)
2. Bb Trombone II  (T.C. & B.C.)
2. Bb Trombone III  (T.C. & B.C.)
2. Bb Baritone/Euph. (B.C.)
2. Eb Bass Tuba  (T.C. & B.C.)
3. Bb Bass Tuba (T.C. & B.C.)