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A moon falls and is gone : for orchestra

by Kevin March (2009)

moon falls and is gone


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A moon falls and is gone : for orchestra / Kevin March.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/MAR 7 [Available for loan]

moon falls and is gone

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Work Overview

The title of the work, a moon falls and is gone, is a phrase excerpted from Frank Herbert's Dune Messiah. In the context of the book it refers to the waning of the moon as a metaphor for the passing of a dynasty or era.
This and the evocative phrase itself suggested the form, melodies, harmonies, and textures on which this work is based.

Apart from the literary reference, the work is essentially a kind of nocturne for orchestra. It lavishes in the sometimes eerie, sometimes warm and lush colours and textures of a nocturne but then moves on to revel in the spectacle and grandeur of the night.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja — 13 Aug 10. Federation Concert Hall, Hobart


Performances of this work

13 Aug 10: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart. Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja.

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