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Cygnus X - Etienne Houben [DIGITAL SCORE]

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 16
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 10:40
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2020

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    In this 10-1/2 minute work for 16 percussionists, the composer was inspired by the fantasies he had as as child when he looked up at the stars in awe. What secrets are hidden behind the night sky? The Galaxy Swan, Cygnus in Latin, is best known for Cygnus X-1 – a black hole. Cygnus X-1 was the first proof that black holes exist. This phenomenon is one of the greatest forces in the universe. Even light cannot escape this cosmic primal force. The piece takes the listener on a cosmic journey to the black hole through the eyes of a child.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 16
    Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 10:40

    Instrumentation
    Player 1: Glockenspiel
    Player 2: Xylophone, Crotales (2 octaves), High Splash Cymbal
    Player 3: Vibraphone
    Player 4: Marimba 1 (4-octave)
    Player 5: Marimba 2 (4.3-octave), Medium High Splash Cymbal
    Player 6: Marimba 3 (5-octave), Medium Splash Cymbal
    Player 7: Chimes, Wine Glasses (D, E, F)
    Player 8: Timpani (4-5 drums), Temple Bowls (A, D)
    Player 9: Snare Drum, Temple Blocks (2), High Opera Gong, Analog Metronome
    Player 10: Field or Tenor Drum, 2 Roto-Toms, 4 Octobans
    Player 11: Snare Drum, 4 Concert Toms, Impact Bass Drum, Analog Metronome, Bongos, 2 Triangles
    Player 12: Hi-Hat, Wind Chimes, Spring Drum, Claves, Woodblock, Tambourine, Impact Bass Drum
    Player 13: Tambourine, Analog Metronome, Bell Tree, Triangle
    Player 14: Cymbals (Sizzle, Crash Pair, China, Suspended), Finger Cymbals
    Player 15: Large Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal
    Player 16: Concert Bass Drum

    Program Notes
    In this 10-1/2 minute work for 16 percussionists, the composer was inspired by the fantasies he had as as child when he looked up at the stars in awe. What secrets are hidden behind the night sky? He linked this to the symbol of the commissioning ensemble, ‘Cecilia,’ which is the Swan, a particularly intriguing galaxy. The Galaxy Swan, Cygnus in Latin, is best known for Cygnus X-1 – a black hole. Cygnus X-1 was the first proof that black holes exist. This phenomenon is one of the greatest forces in the universe. Even light cannot escape this cosmic primal force. The piece takes the listener on a cosmic journey to the black hole through the eyes of a child.

    The piece divides into the following sections:
    Glancing at the stars
    Magnificent Cosmos
    Interstellar Journey
    The Black Hole beckons
    Bending gravity and light
    The Void: time and reality broken down
    Falling from Infinity back to reality
    Magnificent Cosmos: creator of the universe
    The Enigma remains

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