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Lunation 1113
for violin, bassoon, and percussion
or violin, bass clarinet, and percussion

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

I. New Moon
II. First Quarter
III. Full Moon
IV. Third Quarter

   A lunation is the cycle of the moon's phases, beginning at the new moon and moving through the first quarter to full moon, and then through third quarter to return to new. Lunations have been numbered since an arbitrary starting point in 1923, and this work was composed during the 1113rd lunation (December 2012 - January 2013). The first movement, New Moon, opens mysteriously and sparsely, with sporadic percussion gestures suggesting the very dark and star-filled night sky that accompanies the beginning of the lunar cycle. The second movement, First Quarter, is rhythmically charged and builds in energy from beginning to end as the moon grows brighter. The third movement returns to the materials from the opening movement, but now they are bathed in a continuous bright glow from the full moon. This leads without pause into the final movement, Third Quarter, that returns to the rhythmically energized character of the second movement. As the light from the moon dwindles, so does the energy of the music, eventually fading away into silence.

This work was composed for bassoonist Scott Bartlett at the University of Michigan.

Duration: ca. 11'

Download a sample of the score here.

Listen to a recording by Robert Curl, bassoon, John Petrey, violin, and Simon Gomez, percussion, as part of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Composers Project in 2016:

Watch a video of the bass clarinet version, played by F-PLUS: Andy Hudson, bass clarinet, Kate Dreyfuss, violin, and Josh Graham, percussion.

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Lunation 1113

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