Maffe's First Commission a 'Revelation'

Apr 27, 2012

A few months after receiving the request to arrange "Alien Armada" for Colony High School's performance, Maffe was put in contact with Gleo Huyck, the director of the Matanuska-Susitna Concert Band. After a few successful meetings between the two, Huyck commissioned Maffe to write a new piece for his band to play, Maffe's first commission. The result was Maffe's symphonic suite, "Revelation," based on the book of the Bible with the same name.

The piece had two movements—the first, "Attack and Armageddon" was well-conceived but naively executed by the inexperienced composer and was unable to be performed; but the second movement, an emotional fanfare which illustrates Christ returning in the clouds, was just simple and powerful enough to carry the weight of the commission.

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