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Solar Eclipse

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Genre: Band
# of Players:
Level: 4 | Duration: 6:40
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2015

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Solar Eclipse opens with a slow and soft introduction, presenting the melodic material that is present throughout the piece. A raucous percussion interlude transitions the piece into a faster tempo, along with more complex rhythmic material. The piece progresses through a series of different altered forms of the melody, along with moments of countermelodies. As the piece nears the climactic moment, an accelerando helps to push the music into a Grand Pause, exemplifying the moment in which the moon completely eclipses the sun. The conclusion of this process in nature is reflected by the piece's ending as it slowly fades into nothing.

    Genre: Band | # of Players:
    Level: 4 | Duration: 6:40

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe
    Bassoon
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    F Horn 3
    F Horn 4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Trombone 3
    Euphonium
    Baritone T.C.
    Tuba
    Piano

    Timpani
    Mallet Percussion (bells, xylophone, chimes, vibraphone)
    Percussion 1 (snare drum, bass drum)
    Percussion 2 (suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, congas, tambourine)

    Program Notes
    During the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, I was hired to compose new works in an experimental collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, funded by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. This experience became known as the “Cirkus Theatre Project.” Solar Eclipse is a reimagining of a work written for one of the vignettes performed during this project. The original piece, titled Nisshoku (Japanese: solar eclipse), was written for piano, electric guitar, and soprano and tenor voices. Nisshoku, along with two other original works during the 2013-2014 school year, was documented as part of a video series shown on UNC-TV in January 2015.

    When I began to rework the piece, I used similar melodic elements from the original, but the entire scope and form of the piece were altered, hence the new title. Solar Eclipse opens with a slow and soft introduction, presenting the melodic material that is present throughout the piece. A raucous percussion interlude transitions the piece into a faster tempo, along with more complex rhythmic material. The piece progresses through a series of different altered forms of the melody, along with moments of countermelodies. As the piece nears the climactic moment, an accelerando helps to push the music into a Grand Pause, exemplifying the moment in which the moon completely eclipses the sun. The conclusion of this process in nature is reflected by the piece's ending as it slowly fades into nothing.

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