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Karim Elmahmoudi

Karim Elmahmoudi

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Karim Elmahmoudi
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Celeste (optional)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title of the piece comes from the iconic Apollo 8 photograph taken on December 24, 1968, during the first manned orbital flight around the moon. Just imagine how isolated the crew must have felt to be the first ever to see the dark side of the moon and lose contact with Earth. As the Apollo 8 command module emerged from behind the moon’s dark side, the crew saw the astounding sight of the earth hanging in the infinite blackness of space. Considered one of the most profound photographs in the history of human culture, it was the first time we truly saw ourselves from a distance, the entire fragile Earth with its contextual surroundings of a hostile infinite abyss.

The piece is dedicated to the late film composer and conductor James Horner, so it contains a "tip-of-the-hat" or two to his style.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • La Sierra University (Riverside, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Giovanni Santos, conductor) – 21 May 2016 – *Premiere Performance*

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