1. The Flight of Night - 4:15
2. Night Mares - 3:40
3. Sleep and Repose/The Coming of Light - 7:00
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Anahita is the Old Persian form of the name of an Iranian goddess and appears in complete and earlier form as Aredvi Sura Anahita, the Avestan language name of an Indo-Iranian cosmological figure venerated as the divinity of 'the Waters' (Aban) and hence associated with fertility, healing and wisdom.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
In the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol Building in Albany, New York, there are two murals that were completed in 1878 by the New England painter William Morris Hunt. These works are enormous – each approaching 18 feet in length – and are considered the culminating works of the artist’s career. One of these murals, The Flight of Night, depicts the Zoroastrian Goddess of the Night, Anahita, driving her chariot westward, fleeing from the rising sun. However, if you travel to Albany today, you won’t see The Flight of Night. Two years after Hunt completed the giant murals (and only one year after his death), the ceiling in the Assembly Chamber began to leak. By 1882, The Flight of Night had already been damaged, and by 1888, the vaulted ceiling in the Assembly Chamber had to be condemned. A “false” ceiling was erected, completely obscuring Hunt’s murals, and today, most of The Flight of Night has been destroyed by the elements. Only the lowest inches of the original painting are still visible.
Anahita draws inspiration from photographs of Hunt’s masterpiece before its decay as well as from the Persian poem that inspired Hunt originally. The first movement, The Flight of Night, is characterized by dramatic, aggressive gestures that are meant to evoke the terrifying beauty of the goddess herself. Movement two, Night Mares, is a scherzo-like movement that refers to the three monstrous horses that pull the chariot across the sky. In the final movement, Sleep and Repose/The Coming of Light, we hear the gentler side of the night, with a tender lullaby that ends with trumpets heralding the dawn.
What follows is the translated Persian poem that Colonel Leavitt Hunt sent to his brother, William Morris Hunt.
Enthroned upon her car of light, the moon
Is circling down the lofty heights of Heaven;
Her well-trained courses wedge the blindest depths
With fearful plunge, yet heed the steady hand
That guides their lonely way. So swift her course,
So bright her smile, she seems on silver wings.
O’er-reaching space, to glide the airy main;
Behind, far-flowing, spreads her deep blue veil,
Inwrought with stars that shimmer in its wave.
Before the car, an owl, gloom sighted, flaps
His weary way; with melancholy hoot
Dispelling spectral shades that flee
With bat-like rush, affrighted, back
Within the blackest nooks of caverned Night.
Still Hours of darkness wend around the car,
By raven tresses half concealed; but one,
With fairer locks, seems lingering back for Day.
Yet all with even measured footsteps mark
Her onward course. And floating in her train
Repose lies nestled on the breast of Sleep,
While soft Desires enclasp the waist of Dreams,
And light-winged Fancies flit around in troops.
- Program Note by composer
- Audio CD: University of Kansas Wind Ensemble (Scott Weiss, conductor) - 2009
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- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 15 March 2019
- CBDNA Small Band Programs Intercollegiate Band (Tempe, Ariz.) (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 23 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)
- University of Toronto (Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) – 2 February 2019
- Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 26 October 2018
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 5 October 2018
- Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 14 April 2018
- Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) Symphonic Band (Scott Boerma, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Wind Ensemble (Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor) – 1 October 2017
- Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Laprade, conductor) – 3 February 2017
- University of Colorado (Boulder) Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 16 March 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southwestern Division Conference, Boulder, Colo.)
- The SUNY Potsdam (N.Y.) Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian Doyle, conductor) – 11 March 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Eastern Division Conference, New London, Conn.)
- University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Donald J. McKinney, conductor)– 4 February 2016
- University of Michigan Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) - 24 October 2014
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Against the Rain (2014)
- Anahita (2005)
- Milestone (2008)
- Points of Departure (2010)
- Shoutout (2009)
- Tiktaalik (2009)