Subtitle: Wind Ensemble, Solo Soprano and Women's Voices
Movements (played without pause)
1. Overboard (Prologue) - 3:07
2. The 1st Night - 5:45
3. Interlude - 4:40
4. The 2nd Night - 7:45
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto-Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
String Bass I-II
- Chinese Toms
- Crash Cymbals
- Frame Drum (large)
Women's Chorus (20-60)
None discovered thus far.
Cosmosis was created for the talented and inspirational music students at the University of Michigan to tap their boundless imaginations.
The American poet May Swenson wrote The Cross Spider in response to the news of a Skylab experiment in which a student project proposed to see whether a spider could spin a web in space. A common cross spider (araneus diadematus), named Arabella, is mythically portrayed by Swenson. Her shape poem Overboard (a play of gravity) serves as a prelude.
In Cosmosis, Overboard plays with musical equivalents of gravitational force following the shapes laid out in the poem, before entering the gravitation-free sea of space. Here, Arabella succeeds in her quest on The First Night. A musical interlude follows, reflecting on the vastness of space as well as the heroic undertaking. In The Second Night, Arabella succeeds again ... but is sacrificed in the process ... "experiment frittered." Yet the resonant energy of the mission still spins in the air, like the sound waves in space that echo throughout the cosmos, becoming a part of it, and inspiring others.
Cosmosis for wind ensemble, solo soprano and women's voices was commissioned by a consortium organized by Michael Haithcock, director of bands at the University of Michigan, and including the additional participants: Baylor University (Kevin Sedatole), Florida State University (Patrick Dunnigan), Michigan State University (John Whitwell), and University of Texas-Austin (Jerry Junkin).
- Program note by composer
The premiere took place on February 25, 2005, in Carnegie Hall.
- Audio: Reference recording, Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: University of Michigan Symphonic Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor)
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (J. Eric Wilson, conductor; Baylor Bella Voce; Amy Petrongelli, soprano) – 31 March 2022 (CBDNA 2022 Southwestern Conference, Waco, Tx.)
- Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor) – 12 December 2019
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor; Susan Botti, soprano; Women of the University of Michigan Chamber Choir) – 25 February 2005 (CBDNA 2005 National Conference, New York, N.Y.)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Botti, S.; Swenson, M. (2004). Cosmosis: wind ensemble, solo soprano and women's voices : 2004 [score]. Subo Music: Red Hook, N.Y.
- Cosmosis, Susan Botti website Accessed 20 August 2016