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Symphony no.3 (Supernova)

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Symphony no.3 (Supernova) : for orchestra [eScore] / Stuart Greenbaum.

by Stuart Greenbaum (2017)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in Bb, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, grand piano/celeste, strings (min.
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Symphony No.3 (Supernova)

I: 13 billion years of light

II: clocks of light tick down to iron time

The title of this symphony and its two movements are taken from the poem Supernova by Ross Baglin, which in turn reflects the birth of elements and the age of the known universe, and by extension the limits of our knowledge and existence. A supernova is an astronomical event that occurs during the last stages of a massive star's life, where its degeneration culminates in titanic explosion and destruction. The best current estimate of the age of the observable universe is around 13 billion years. As a massive star begins to die, it fuses lighter elements into heavier, releasing energy in the process. This continues until the star begins to fuse iron atoms. At this point it collapses upon itself, becoming heavier and hotter until it explodes in a supernova.

This symphony is dedicated to my father Geoffrey Greenbaum.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (86p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 25 mins

Contents note:

I. 13 billion years of light -- II. clocks of light tick down to iron time.

Dedicated to Geoffrey Greenbaum

First performance by University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Richard Davis — 24 Sep 17. Hamer Hall, University of Melbourne

Includes programme notes and performance directions.

Composer's no: GRT 194

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