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Blue moon

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

Blue moon : 蓝色之月亮, for tenor saxophone, er-hu or violin, and piano / Tony Wheeler.

by Tony Wheeler (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: Tenor saxophone, erhu or violin, piano.


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Combinations of dissonant and blues style intervals set the harmonic background for this piece. Many of the chords also feature minor 7ths, perfect 4ths and 5ths, and the melodic writing is often pentatonic. This pentatonicism is frequently combined with contrapuntal style voices, drawing together western and Chinese musical elements.

The moon features prominently in Chinese culture, with significance in religious and social contexts. The lunar calendar is still very much referred to in Chinese society, with great emphasis placed on the lunar New Year, and on the mid-autumn Moon Festival. In Chinese chan Buddhism the moon is often pointed to as a symbol of enlightenment.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720133 40 9] — 1 score 13p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 2 parts

Difficulty: Medium — medium to advanced

Duration: 4 mins, 30 sec.

First performance by Tony Wheeler, Ying Liu, Helen Kwon — 13 Feb 13. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Includes program and performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
influenced by Chinese traditional music, Blues, and contrapuntal style writing

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ISMN: 979 0 720133 40 9

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