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Gompper, David: Moonburst 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Moonburst
  • Subtitle: 
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    11
  • Year of composition: 
    2018
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • First performance (venue): 
  • First performance (performers): 
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Moonburst (2018), the second of a three-movement set of pieces for orchestra—Sunburst, Moonburst and Starburst—, reflects the transforming images of the night: sleepless, a calm and gentle breeze triggers a whispering of leaves and twigs; the silent flight of owls amidst a full moon overflowing with milky light; the distant yet sustained final mating calls of cicadas, all of which surrounds a mind reflective of time passed. I composed this movement in layers, beginning with a slow rotation of the Sunburst matrix heard spatialized among the strings at the opening while serving as backdrop that captures the spirit of Sciarrino’s Sui Poemi Concentrici. The first six notes from the first movement of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire ("Mondestrunken") are then presented in the harp, followed soon after by the main tune from Debussy’s Clair de lune (in the winds and brass throughout). While I performed both works as a pianist, the latter while both young and impressionable, all of these ideas ultimately end as a mashup, not quotable. They have now become fused and ineluctable, with all elements emerging from a unified melodic and harmonic language. The nine-minute composition divides roughly into three unequal sections, with the middle part the most rhythmically stationary and harmonically sustained through standing waves and multiphonics, found in the oboes and bassoons.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
15
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
Musicians1st player2nd player
Double Bass
2

 

 

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