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Moon fire

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Moon fire : for carillon with electronic track, transposed for carillon in A flat [eScore] / Jessica Wells.

by Jessica Wells (2016)


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Moon Fire is inspired by a famous tale about a Belgian cathedral tower. Legend has it that on January 27th, 1687, in the town of Mechelen, a local looked up at St Rumbold's tower and perceived it to be on fire. The townsfolk called the alarm and ascended the tower with buckets of water and anything they could muster to extinguish the blaze. Upon reaching the top of the tower it was discovered that there was no fire, but the blood red moon shining through the fog had created a mirage! Hence the Mechlians were jokingly referred to as Maneblussers ("Moon Extinguishers") and even named a local beer after the legend.
Rather than the joke, my piece is inspired by the imagery of the blood moon, shining through the fog to create a sensation of an eerie sky lit by vaporous flames. Alarm bells are heard, and a panic of the people, but descends into an eerie fog-like mystical trance. The power of the moon could be perceived as dangerous, volatile, rather than benign.

Having lived in Belgium for a year, I wanted to dedicate this work to the Belgians who have had to face terror this year in Brussels airport and train station. May they always gather in strength to fight their fires.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (14p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 10 min.

Commissioned by National Capital Authority.

First performance by Lyn Fuller — 5 May 16. Canberra International Music Festival

There are 2 versions of this work; one transposed a semitone up for the National Carillon Canberra, one transposed up a perfect 4th for the Palau de la Generalitat Carillon in Barcelona.

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