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Walpurgisnacht


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This piece was written in 2007, but recently a local band director expressed interest in performing it, so I went through the score and and made many corrections and revisions.

Walpurgisnacht, the European equivalent of Halloween, is celebrated on the night of 30 April - just before the arrival of Spring on May Day. This festival certainly has roots in ancient pagan traditions, but as with all the other pagan holidays, the Christians usurped it and turned it into their own holiday - the celebration of Saint Walpurga, a niece of St. Boniface.

The traditional story of Walpurgisnacht is that every witch meets on the Brocken, a specific area of the Harz mountains, for a night of revelry and cavorting with other spirits and specters.

Today, Walpurgisnacht is often a night of pranks, bonfires and vandalism - similar to Devil’s Night in Detroit.

The sections of the music are titled as follows:

(time)
(0:09) The Procession at Twilight Carrying the Holy Relics of St. Walpurga.
St. Walpurga, the former abbess of Heidenheim, is the patron saint for protection against witchcraft.

(2:45) The Violent March of the Trolls

(3:35) The Descent from the Brocken
The Brocken is the highest peak in the Hartz Mountains, and the witches are said to gather there on Walpurgisnacht.

(4:00) Entrance of the Goat People

(5:00) Minuet of the Fairies and Spirits of the Air

(6:10) The Heaven Display an Array of Stars, all Twinkling With Love

(8:43) Danse Generale

(10:45) St. Walpurga Smiles Down Upon the Orgy from Heaven Above

I used the Garritan Marching and Concert Band library for the lower brass and saxes, Kontakt sounds from Native Instruments for the upper brass, and I'd like to thank Steve Martin (a far more talented musician than I) for the use of his woodwind sounds. Percussion sounds are by the Virtual Drum Line samples.

The score and parts are available for purchase at The Score Exchange.
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Ultrabeast said 761 days ago (May 23rd, 2015)
Beautiful work my friend. I like the name too.
Great job, I might add a bit of reverb or something like 30% dry. Cheers -Chris
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Warren Smith said 751 days ago (June 2nd, 2015)
Party on the Mountain

A big and bold production. Those witches sure know how to party!
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