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Austin Ali
Timothy Dow
Amy Gravell
Maximilien Hein
Alan Mackwell
Sophie Mathieu
Paul Novak
Matthew C. Thomas
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Dara Wenjia Li

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Amy Gravell

Instrumental Music : Large Ensemble

Prelude to Eternity

The vision for “Prelude to Eternity” was conceived during a study of the book of Revelation from the Bible. Rather than a literal musical prelude to “Eternity”, the piece is an illustration of the precursor to God's eternity: the birth, fall, and redemption of man. The piece follows the idea that God had created a world of pure good and beauty, a genesis of perfection, only to be tainted with the stench of sin. In Revelation, the story of the final chapter in human history, the Angels possess majestic trumpets. This instrument, along with the French horn, is utilized to represent the glory of God in the main themes of the piece, at the beginning and the end. The opening horn theme is a variation on the line later played by the strings and trumpet, meant to express the wonder of the beginning of creation, and the triumphant nature of God as he invites man to a flawless eternity in Heaven through his Son.

The middle of the piece grows somber, representing the pain and suffering that plague humanity. The glissandos in the trombone must be nasty—they express the attacks against man from Satan. The entrance of the solo trumpet in measure 134 is vitally important: it is hopeful, suggesting that good still exists. As the pace picks up, the horn, string, and trumpet lines become prominent, brightly building the idea of hope. They overpower the familiar gliss in measure 186, with good overcoming the weight of evil. In measure 191, low voices recalling the once sullen theme in a new light reference the transformation of our broken world into something good. The recurring three-note runs in the violins, piano, harp, and high woodwinds emphasize the momentum of approaching eternity. The three-note theme always ends on the second scale degree, a note of inconclusion. The pattern seems unfinished, just as humanity's story is still unfinished.

Prelude to Eternity

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Set of parts$50.00

Amy Gravell

Amy Gravell is a senior at McNeil High School in Austin, Texas.

Amy began her experience with music when she started piano lessons at age seven. She participated as pianist in her high school jazz band in 2015, and her youth group band as keyboardist since 2015. Amy’s primary instrument is clarinet, which she has played since sixth grade. She has had the honor of playing in the Region 26 Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the 6A All-State Symphonic band. As a senior, she had the fulfilling experience of learning how to lead a group as head drum major for her marching band.

Amy has been creating her own music since she was achild, when she started making up songs by singing and by exploring melodies on the piano. She started to familiarize herself with notation software in middleschool, creating rough scores of original music for her own enjoyment. In October 2015, she composed her first full band piece, Depths of the Mind, for the PTA Reflections competition. The piece advanced to the national level and was awarded the National Award of Excellence. Amy had the life changing experience of conducting her high school Wind Ensemble performing the piece in May 2016. She had a similarly impact ful experience in preparing the group to play Never-ending Dreams, a wind piece inspired by her entry to the Austin Symphony Young Composer’s Competition, Prelude to Eternity, at her final high school band concert this past May.

Amy will study music education and take composition lessons at Texas State University this fall. She hopes to continue exploring all aspects of the musical world through out her life and career.

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