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Star Threads

Sheet Music: Score

Star Threads / Steven Stanke.

by Steven Stanke (2020)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), piano, strings.

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Orion, while hunting, threatens to kill every creature on Earth so Mother Earth sends a giant scorpion who kills him. Orion's body is placed in the night sky.

Hydra, a giant multi-headed serpent, is ravaging the country side. Heracles fires flaming arrows into the swamp to force Hydra into the open. They battle. Heracles smashes at Hydra's heads but when one is destroyed, another two takes its place. Iolaus, Heracles' helper, burns the stump of each head as soon as it is cut off to prevent others growing in their place. Finally, Heracles cuts off the immortal head and buries it under a rock.

The Pleiades were associated with mourning and with funerals, since, on the cross-quarter day between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, which was a festival devoted to the remembrance of the dead, this star cluster rose in the eastern sky as the sun's light faded.

Helios, the Sun God, had promised to give Phaeton, his son, anything he desired. Phaeton asked to drive the Sun Chariot for a day. Helios was hesitant but Phaeton was adamant. On the day, Phaeton panicked and lost control of the horses. Firstly, the Earth grew cold as Phaeton flew too high and met the celestial scorpion, its deadly sting raised to strike. Alarmed, he then dipped the chariot too close to the earth, causing the vegetation to burn and deserts to form. Eventually Zeus struck the runaway chariot with a lightning bolt to put an end to its rampage.

Dionysus placed a wreath of myrtle as a gift to his dead mother. Corona Australis, the "Southern Crown", is the counterpart to Corona Borealis, the "Northern Crown" and contains Epsilon Coronae Australis, an eclipsing binary with two very similar eclipses that occur within an orbital period of 0.6 days. Firstly, the fainter star passes in front of the bright one what gives us 95 percent of the light and then the bright one passes in front of the fainter. In less than 7 hours a viewer on Earth can observe two stars spinning around, sharing mass and pulling at each other.

Published by: Wirripang — 1 score

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 39 min.

Contents note:

1. Orion, the Hunter (11'30) -- 2. Hydra, the Serpent (3'30) -- 3. Pleiades, the Seven Sisters (10'30) -- 4. Helios, the Sun God (7'45) -- 5. Corona Australis, the Southern Crown (5'00).

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Written as a complement to Holst's The Planets suite.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790673140585

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