Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.


Lunar orbit : for cello solo

by Stuart Greenbaum (2011)

Score Sample

View a sample of the score of this work

Audio Sample

Performance by Ashley Brown from the CD 800 million heartbeats

Selected products featuring this work — Display all products (2 more)

Display all products featuring this work (2 more)  

Work Overview

This work for solo cello is in some ways a companion piece to my percussion quartet, Sea of Tranquility (2004) in that they are both concerned with the Moon. While the material is different, both works also share a triple-time groove, albeit in different tempi.

In the case of Lunar Orbit (2011), I spent some time contemplating the 1969 Apollo 11 mission (that first landed human beings on the Moon) from two perspectives. Firstly, that of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who after landing successfully on the Moon and having done the required 'field trip' (collecting rocks etc.) were then required to sleep before taking off again. This they found impossible, achieving at best a fitful rest in the frigid lander vehicle. Aldrin famously described his impression of the Moon as "magnificent desolation".

And secondly, the experience of Michael Collins who remained aboard the command module Columbia in orbit of the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface. He experienced unprecedented isolation, not being able to communicate with Earth or even his fellow astronauts while orbiting the so-called 'dark' side of the Moon.

This solo cello work, cast in arch form, is somehow a contemplation of all that and is written for and dedicated to Auckland cellist, Ashley Brown.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Cello.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ashley Brown

Written for: Ashley Brown


Lunar Orbit

Includes a performance tutorial


Performances of this work

27 Feb 2022: at Avant Gardens 2: Spel (Private residence in Tempe, NSW). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

10 Jan 2019: at Realms of Light: Blair Harris (Elgee Park). Featuring Blair Harris.

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.

To post a comment please login.