Celestial Body

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Langenfeld

Robert Langenfeld

Subtitle: Movement 0 - Harmonia

General Info

Year: 2019 / 2020
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: RL Compositions
Cost: Free with proof of donation to any charity


Any instruments, observing Performance Notes, below.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Harmonia means “harmony”. Adapted from my 2019 work Celestial Body, Harmonia is a cell style piece for any number of performers and instruments with electronics. Just like every star in our galaxy, each performance will be unique and different. I encourage the listeners to fully relax and let themselves immerse and get lost in the sounds.

Dedicated to the souls we've lost in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. May their souls become part of the great Celestial Body.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

The piece is made of cells of music and should last between five and six minutes. A drone cue is triggered. While it is playing the other electronic cues may be freely triggered and they will play on top of it. There are six cells of music (five cells of music and a final cell) each lasting about one minute. The first cell and final cell are strictly electronics, while the other four are electronics and instruments. The four cells with instruments can be played in any order and any combination (including duplicates) as long as it’s four cells worth of music. Between each cell allow about five seconds after the cue has ended before starting the next cell.

Performance structure:

  • Cell 1
    • Cue 1 5-10 seconds
    • Cue 2 40 seconds
  • [Cell 2/ Cell 3/ Cell 4/ Cell 5] x 4
  • Final cell to let the drone fade out.

Performers: The piece may be played with one player or many players. Play the notes in whatever octave is comfortable for you as long as you. [sic] This may also be performed with malleted instruments such as marimbas or vibes. Just use roles [sic] for sustains when you see fit and use whatever mallet heads you want.

Electronics: The electronics are triggered through Ableton Live. You can download a free 30-day trial and use it for the performance (since you don't need to save or modify the file). As long as you have a laptop hooked up to a LOUD sound system, you will be fine. The sound samples can be triggered by a dedicated performer (recommended), conductor, or one of the other performers.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Megan Cooney, conductor) - 19 October 2023
  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 14 April 2023

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