Into Light

Date: 1994

Instrumentation: 3 (picc).2.3.2+cbn/4.2+btrb.1/hp/pf/timp.4 perc/strings

Commission: Henry Charles Smith for the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Dedication: For Henry Charles Smith and the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Premiere: World Youth Symphony. Henry Charles Smith, conductor. Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. 7/3/94

Duration: 3′24″

Publication: contact composer

Recording: Albany Troy 321 (1999)

Reviews: “a modern celebration…” Ann Grauvogl. Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, SD. 11/11/95

“the highlights for me are the Husa Symphony…and Shrude’s brief, colorful Into Light, which manages to squeeze a symphony’s worth of music into 3-1/2 minutes.” American Record Guide. May/June 2000.

“Only four minutes long, but making up for duration with grandeur of orchestration, the work is a study in texture. Shimmering, even searing sounds from the orchestra’s upper timbres are juxtaposed against more brooding tones from below. One has a sense of a continual unfolding or, perhaps, a musical blossoming.” Steven Cornelius. The Toledo Blade. 4/21/01.

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