Palimpsest

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Palimpsest, op. 87
Joliet Junior College Community Band, Joliet, Illinois
Jerry E. Lewis, Director
2003 – grade 4.5 – 6:20
C. L. Barnhouse Company


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A palimpsest is a document, such as a page from a manuscript written on parchment, that had been rubbed smooth (or erased) so the paper could be used again, with traces of the original writing showing through.  This ambitious composition is based on an ancient psalm-chant that the composer heard sung by a group of monks in Europe. Elements from the chant are used in a variety of ways creating a wide range of textures and moods until the chant reappears at the end of the piece scored for the full ensemble. Unique and challenging!