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The Backbone of Night (Score)

129.95

Mixed Chamber Ensemble

Full 11X17 Score

Parts: Rental Only

Item# PVM-007S

Difficulty: Advanced

Performance Time: 15:00

Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman

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Instrumentation

  • Flute

  • Oboe

  • Clarinet in Bb

  • Bassoon

  • Trumpet in C

  • Horn in F

  • Tenor Trombone

  • Tuba

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Bells

  • Vibraphone

  • Xylophone

  • Marimba

  • Snare Drum

  • Bass Drum

  • Triangle

Composer's Note

The Backbone of Night is a piece about astrophilia and the disappearance of the night sky in our urban centers.  It is comprised of three sections played without pause as a single movement chamber symphony.

The piece begins with The City Bright, a depiction of urban life with its flashing (and beautiful) neon signs and frenetic activity.  The second section, The Backbone of Night, depicts a journey away from the city to a place where all frenzied activity falls away, and the full palette of stars and the Milky Way becomes visible.  The skyglow from the city slowly begins to intrude on the peaceful scene.  The City Dark imagines the residents of a modern city connecting visually to the heavens while continuing to enjoy everything that modern life has to offer.