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Moon Saturn Jupiter : for solo flute

by Stuart Greenbaum (2020)

Work Overview

On 3 August 2020, the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter all came into alignment in Melbourne's evening skies. I walked out the back door, looked up and there they were in plain sight. It's an unusual formation and a distinct event for general public to experience. There's a common expression - 'when Saturn is in line with Jupiter' metaphorically suggesting something improbable that will either never (or rarely) take place. Of course Saturn is actually always in line with Jupiter - it's just a line between two points. But throw Earth's mysterious Moon into the equation and alignment really is rare. This flute solo was written in contemplation of that alignment while under stage 4 curfew restrictions in Melbourne. We can't walk out the front gate after 8pm - but we can still look up into the evening sky and marvel at the Universe.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Written for Teresa Rabe

Commission note: Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.


Moon Saturn Jupiter


Performances of this work

26 Nov 20: Live stream via YouTube

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