The 9 part brass section first heard on page two reminds me of "The Last Judgement" as depicted in "The Book of Revelation" and Tarot Card number 21. The second theme is borrowed from my song cycle "
There are four phases of "Light" 1. EM (electromagnetic): When I was 17 or 18 I wrote a double fugue. My father, Dr. Sam Walter played it at Vorhees Chapel, Douglas College, Rutgers University where he was a professor and the chapel organist. My first piano teacher, Dr. Thomas Ritchner (who was the organist of The Mother Church, Boston and also taught at Douglas) said "I followed the fugue for about two measures." He was correct... it's very difficult to distinguish the voices, as the two fugue subjects continually overlap. There are two kinds of double fugues: one with two complete expositions that occur separately; and one where they occur simultaneously as in this piece. I may have been studying with Robert Moevs at the time; but I don't remember anyone commenting on the piece before the performance: usually I remember something that I learned or some disagreement that I had with my teacher, so it is likely that I was between teachers at this point.
2. UV (sunlight) my dear friend, composer Merton Brown, was having a piece performed by John Corely and the M. I. T. Concert Band. He suggested that I send one along too. So I resurrected this piece in it's second phase: as a band piece. They actually performed the piece twice on the same concert, as it was very short. I now think that the performance was too fast, although this does give it a certain excitement, but makes it harder to hear the two subjects. The repeat was also added at this time. I feel like I could finally hear the "sunlight" of the two subjects in this version.
3. IR (infrared) The recording of the piece was used in "Crazy Dinosaurs" an animated show that was cablecast on BNN-TV. The series won several honors in the USA Film and Video Competition. There was a full page article in "The Advocate" magazine, with a full page photo (with very tiny dinosaurs); and a front page article in Bay Windows. The video was called "Light." In the show: the land of the dinosaurs had been flooded by a mysterious red light. Also, P'ter A. Dactyl had gone missing. He was being held captive by Terry Anne Tasaurus Rex, and he was being shown TV commercials. Pteradactyls cry during TV commercials... this was causing the strange light. Emily Brontesaurus came charging in and saved the (UV) day, just as the band version had saved the fugue. You can judge for yourself. Here's a link: https://vimeo.com/131149864
4. UV (ultraviolet): no human has heard this one yet as it hasn't been performed. In 2016 or 17 I re-wrote "Light" for large orchestra. It is this version that phase of "Light" I am transmitting today. I think that both the band and the orchestra versions show the individual lines of the piece that were missing in the first (and withheld) organ version of the piece. Disclaimers: even though this piece was performed at M. I. T. I know nothing about the physics of light, also the story used in the IR spectrum (number 3 above) is completely fictional, and any similarity to any creature, living or extinct is purely accidental.
1. Last Judgement: 3 movements; 20 minutes; soprano solo in the second movement is a setting of "Tethys" the Orphic Hymn translated by Thomas Taylor. The last movement was performed, as a double fugue for organ, by Dr. Sam Walter at Vorhees Chapel, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; and as a piece for concert band by The M. I. T. Concert Band under John Corely (see below). 1a. Symphony I for Large Orchestra: Last Judgement: 3/3/3/3 4/3/3/1 one percussion, timpani, soprano solo and strings. Unperformed in this version. 1b. Symphony I for Concert Band: Last Judgement: 3/3/3/3 4/3/3/1 4 saxophones (SATB) one or two percussion, timpani, soprano solo and strings.
"Light" is the last movement of Last Judgement for concert band as performed by John Corely and the M. I. T. Concert Band. This piece is also available for medium sized orchestra. This movement is a double fugue. It was shown as part of"Crazy Dinosaurs." Please see the video to the left.
Mr. Walther's Scaramouche et Pulcinella for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, 'Cello and Piano (Pierot Ensemble) is in preparation for premier in Nagakute, Japan, at Aichi University of The Arts. Clarinetist, Romualdo Barone will also perform Three Pieces for Clarinet on the same concert. The Chirkov Theater Company,
Dream Fugue: 2 minutes and 40 seconds; Fugue I: Subject from a dream; Fugue II: Inversion: Fugue III: Retrograde; Fugue IV: Retrograde Inversion. Included (down a whole step) in the Viola Concerto. 1a. Dream Fugue: string orchestra: Unperformed. 1b. Dream Fugue: string quintet: 2/1/1/1. Unperformed. 1c. Dream Fugue: piano: Unperformed. 2. . The Winds: 4 minute cycle of 4; 3 complete; Orphic Hymn, translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed\.To Pan: 6 minute cycle of 4 numbers, Orphic Hymn, trans. Th. Taylor. Unperformed.. The Winds: 4 minute cycle of 4; 3 complete; Orphic Hymn, translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed\.To Pan: 6 minute cycle of 4 numbers, Orphic Hymn, trans. Th. Taylor. Unperformed.
Chamber Music: 3 Pieces for Flute: 5 minutes; for Kristin Webb: 1. Eldood Eeoknay 2. variations. on a cup 3. untitled. Unperformed and withheld. Sonata for Solo Violin: 3 movements in 6 minutes. Unperformed. Plainchant:10 minutes for 'cello. Unperformed and withheld. Twins:5 minutes, for violin and piano. May be "Dance of Death."Invention: 3 minutes. Unperformed.
Keyboard Music: Momentary Pleasures:4 minutes. Unperformed. The Twins: 5 minute. See version for Violin and Piano in "Chamber Music." Unperformed.Transformations: Piano version of Tarot Symphony #7 for string orchestra.; theme and eight variations in 10 minutes. Unperformed.
Vocal Music: 900 miles: 2 minutes; traditional folk song. Unperformed and withheld.Four Songs to Poems by Yeats: 5 minute cycle, uses material from "Three Portraits" below. All to poems by William Butler Yeats. Unperformed and withheld.
Three Valentine's Day Cards: baritone and bassoon; 6 minutes; Joyce. Rouge et Noir: 5 minute cycle of 3 with bassoon and flute; Dickinson.The Book of Runes (Book I) The Folk Cycle: with 'cello; 10 minute cycle of 5 (two versions); Joyce. See unaccompanied version with 2 additional songs.
Choral Music: Celebration Chant:1 minute; Carolyn Hall: text under copyright (uc). Used for The Winter Solstace Service at The First Unitarian Society of West Newton, MA. Has two original harmonizations. Healing Chant: Attributed to David Edgar Walther; text (uc?) may be by the composer, Carolyn Hall or Andrew Swan. Also exists with the ancient Guernsey text: "Har, Har, Hou, Hou" in old French & "Bagabi laca bachabe" found in "Le Miracle de Theophile" by Ruteboeuf. . The Winds: 4 minute cycle of 4; 3 complete; Orphic Hymn, translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed\.To Pan: 6 minute cycle of 4 numbers, Orphic Hymn, trans. Th. Taylor. Unperformed. 1. Orphic Hymns to The Gd.ess: 3 minute cycle of 3; Orphic Hymn, translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed. Credo: 3 minutes; unperformed. Nyx: 2 part women's chorus, soprano solo; wood wind quintet, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, timpani & harp; 4 movements in 6 minutes. Orphic Hymn translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed and withheld. Erevan Cantata: soprano solo, chorus, keyboard or orchestra (single winds, timpani & strings); 4 movements in 10 minutes; Armenian texts. Written for Father Minassian's "Erevan Chorus" at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge, MA.. A 15 minute version uses texts by Archibald Lampman and "Har, Har, Hou, Hou" from "The Mask of the Witches" and "Andrew's Dream" found in "Music Theater." Both versions are unperformed and withheld. Exequias Defuncti: (for the Burial of the Dead): 2 part chorus with soli; 5 movements in 8 minutes in Latin; Prudentius. Unperformed; version withheld.
Cha-cha for 3 Guitars:4 minutes. Unperformed. 2. The Bunny Wars: Libretto and story by the composer. 15 minutes. SATB, and piano or orchestra 2/2/2/2 2/2/1/1. An anti-war comedy: to avoid World War III, two low ranking soldiers replace weapons with bunny ears. Orchestral version incomplete Unperformed.
Transformations: Theme and eight variations in 10 minutes. See version in "Keyboard Music." Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #7. The Masque of The Red Death: 6 minutes; no harp. Based on Edgar Allan Poe. Read by The Juilliard Concert Orchestra under Thomas Ludwig, otherwise unperformed. The last page is missing.